Suge Knight Indicted For Threatening Straight Outta Compton Director F. Gary Gray
On January 29 of 2015, Suge Knight was an uninvited guest on the film set of Straight Outta Compton. After being asked to leave, Knight used his Ford Raptor truck as a weapon in the parking lot of nearby Tam’s Burgers. The events that followed left veteran music industry manager Terry Carter dead, permanently impaired actor Cle “Bone” Sloan and led to Knight’s detainment ever since. He is now charged with murder, among other offenses not related to that day. Knight says he was defending himself from an attack. The family of Terry Carter and Dr. Dre, among others, have said otherwise.
The former co-founder of Death Row Records can add a new item to his rap sheet. Knight has been indicted for threatening Straight Outta Compton‘s director, F. Gary Gray. Apart from that 2015 incident, Suge allegedly texted the director threats of physical violence and bodily harm. Per TMZ‘s report of the February indictment, the Compton, California native was unhappy with his portrayal in the film, produced by former partner Dr. Dre, as well as Ice Cube, and Tomica Woods-Wright. Gray was interviewed by the LAPD at the Slauson Swap Meet during filming, reportedly related to the matter.
In the past, Gray had shot two videos to Death Row songs: 1994’s “Natural Born Killaz” by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, and 1995’s “Keep Their Heads Ringin'” by Dre. One was part of the Murder Was The Case mini-movie and soundtrack, and the other was a soundtrack single to Friday, also directed by Gray. The latter song was Dre’s final solo single before exiting Death Row and relinquishing his stake one year later.
Between Friday and Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray directed such films as Set It Off, The Italian Job, and Be Cool. In the N.W.A. film, actor R. Marcus Taylor played Knight. It chronicled his rise from The D.O.C.’s manager to Dre’s partner and a brute leader of the reigning 1990s Rap label.
While incarcerated, Knight has been active legally too. He sued Dr. Dre, accusing the Aftermath founder of trying to have him killed in 2014. Three months prior, Knight sued Chris Brown, putting responsibility on the Pop star for a 2014 party that left Suge shot. There has been no update of either suit.
Knight has been convicted of a litany of violent offenses in the past. In 1996, the same night Tupac Shakur was fatally shot, Knight was on surveillance cameras (with Pac) kicking Orlando Anderson. That offense would land the exec in prison until the early 2000s.