From the beginning, Marion “Suge” Knight’s life as a rap impresario was closely intertwined with the gangster ways extolled by his artists in their music.
His first notable brush with the law came in 1993, when as a leader of Death Row Records he was charged with using a gun to attack two aspiring rappers.
Over the next 20 years, he spent stints in jail and was injured several times by gunfire, making tabloid headlines while his career diminished. He now faces the most serious charges of his life, arrested on suspicion of killing a 55-year-old man after getting into an argument during the filming of a commercial for an upcoming movie about the early days of rap in Compton, where he grew up.
On Friday, detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released new details about the events leading up to the death of Terry Carter, hailed by some as a father figure for troubled young men.
Ice Cube and Dr. Dre were among the big-name rappers who had converged on the area to film a commercial for “Straight Outta Compton,” a biopic about N.W.A., a seminal group from the early days of the genre.
On the set Thursday, sheriff’s deputies asked Knight, 49, to leave after he began arguing with another man, Cle “Bone” Sloan, Lt. John Corina said.
Later, at Tam’s Burgers at Central and East Rosecrans avenues, Knight was in his red Ford F-150 Raptor when he and Sloan tangled again, Corina said.
While Knight was still seated in his truck, he and Sloan argued and exchanged punches. Knight reversed his truck, knocking Sloan to the ground, Corina said.
Source: Los Angeles Times | Angel Jennings and Joseph Serna and Cindy Chang