Suge Knight Sues Chris Brown In Connection With His 2014 Shooting
In 2014, Suge Knight was shot 7 times while attending a party hosted by Chris Brown at the Los Angeles clube, 1 Oak. Now, nearly two years later, as reported by the Associated Press, Knight has filed a lawsuit against both Brown and the club, alleging that Brown has a “well-documented track record of hosting events and/or parties in which violence frequently erupted,” and “as a result of the negligence of the defendants, one or more unknown individuals were allowed access to the event with weapons, including firearms.” The suit further asserts that “as a foreseeable result, gunshots were fired by those admitted into the event and [Knight] was shot and seriously injured.”
At the time of the shooting, Knight was believed to be the intended target, and rumors swirled that the activity may be gang-related, given Knight’s reported affiliation with the Bloods. Days later, alternate theories began to surface suggesting that the bullets may not have been meant for Knight. In fact, in speaking with TMZ, Katt Williams was very direct in saying the shooter was not aiming for Knight, and intimating that Knight actually took the bullets for Chris Brown. “Now if you’re an idiot you can believe this was about Suge Knight,” said Williams. “But Suge Knight has been accessible every day of his life for 20 years. We know who it was aimed at. We know whose life he saved. And we know why they won’t talk about it…If it was gang-related then why didn’t it happen thoroughly? You see there’s parts of this story that just don’t seem to make sense. You’re saying it was gang-related. So, that means somebody’s gang was shooting at somebody’s gang and somebody’s gang didn’t shoot back. That’s your story? That’s not really how gang stuff works, is it?”
The lawsuit is a reversal of the seemingly cavalier attitude Knight exhibited a month after the shooting occurred. When asked by TMZ if he knew who the shooter was, Knight said “Even if I did, I don’t think that’s really important, who pulled the trigger and who I seen pulled the trigger. I think that I’m doing extremely well. I’m happy to be doing well and whatever happens, happens.”
However, much has changed for Knight since that statement. Just 5 months later, he was involved in an altercation where he ran over two men, killing one, and severely injuring the other. Knight’s attorneys claimed Knight acted out of self-defense believing the men were threatening him, and citing his weakened state from the shooting as part of the reason why he felt more vulnerable.
The lawsuit does not specify an amount in damages, but it is seeking payment for past and future treatment for the injuries he sustained during the shooting.