News: Akon Associate To Plead "Not Guilty" In Suge Knight Beat-Down
Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 11:30AM
Akon management consultant, Robert Carnes Jr., will reportedly plead not guilty for one count of felony aggravated assault on rap mogul Suge Knight that took place at an event surrounding the All-Star game in Arizona.
An attorney for Carnes spoke on his behalf yesterday (February 18).
"Robert Carnes, Jr. is a well respected executive within the entertainment community and currently serves as one of the management consultants for artist/producer Akon," the lawyer said in a statement. "Mr. Carnes will be entering a plea of not guilty and looks forward to his day in court where he will have the opportunity to tell his side of the story." (TMZ)
Suge was allegedly assaulted by Carnes at the W Hotel in Scottsdale on Monday (February 16).
"At about 3:30 AM, police were called to a private party on the second floor of the W Hotel," the police report reads. "Hotel security personnel called police when they became concerned that there would be a fight between two groups of guests having heated words in the VIP area. Officers arrived and watched a group of about 6-8 guests exiting the VIP area. They saw one person, later identified as Robert Carnes Jr., punch the victim in the head two times. Officers deployed tasers to quell the fight that erupted." (Police Report)
Knight was rushed to a local hospital shortly after the physical altercation.
Officers arrested Carnes and another man Thomas Anderson, 33, for assault and disorderly conduct. Suge Knight was transported to SHC-Osborn hospital where he was treated for facial injuries. Carnes and Anderson were booked into Scottsdale City jail and are being held in custody. (AZ Family)
Despite Carnes being associated with Akon, the singer was not present at the time of the fight.
Akon was in the Valley for the NBA All-Star Game and attended severalcelebrity parties. Although the singer was at the hotel earlier that evening, he was not present during the fight, said Scottsdale police spokesman Sgt. Mark Clark. "It broke out and was over in a few seconds," Clark said. (AZ Central)
No information has been released on when Carnes will appear in court.