News: Kanye West Avoids Suge Knight Face-To-Face, Judge Rules In Rapper's Favor
Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010 12:10PM
Grammy-winning rapper/producer Kanye West will reportedly not have to worry about meeting Death Row Records ex-owner Suge Knight in a face-to-face legal meeting.
According to reports, mediation between the two rap heavyweights over Knight's case against West in relation to a 2005 shooting may continue via a phone session.
Hip-Hop star Kanye West, who is currently tied to a lawsuit filed by rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, does not have to attend a scheduled mediation session in person. Instead the "Power" MC can take part in the session by phone, ruled a Miami federal judge. West's lawyers argued that he was going to be out of the country because of a long-standing business commitment. Knight, who was shot in the leg at a 2005 Miami Beach party hosted by West, seeks more than $1 million in damages for the lack of security. (Singersroom)
Last June, West and Knight's lawyers met in a New York deposition where the rapper denied being involved in a pre-MTV Video Music Awards bash shooting.
At the deposition in New York on Friday, West allegedly refused to offer any information to Knight's legal team during the six-hour proceedings and denied he had any involvement in the security arrangements. Knight's lawyer, Marc Brumer, tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "He basically put his hands over his head and didn't say anything for six hours. He evidently doesn't know anything about anything, despite the fact that he hosted the party. (Contact Music)
Knight later said he was upset about the lack of progress they made.
"I figured I could sit him down, man to man, and get this resolved," Knight said after the six-hour, closed-door session at a Fifth Avenue office. "I'm disappointed." "My whole thing is: I'm not here to put nobody behind bars," Knight said Friday, saying he mainly wanted to put the specter of rap-related violence to rest. "It's time for more positive now," he added. (Associated Press)
The rap mogul believes West is responsible for having poor quality security at his 2005 event.
In 2005 MTV hosted the music awards in Miami where Kanye West was throwing a party at the luxurious Shore Club on Miami Beach. An unnamed gun man came into the party and shot Knight in the leg. Suge Knight, who has promoted some of the biggest names in the rap industry in the 1990's has come across some financial troubles in his personal life. The arguemnet is that Knight will file a law suit against Kanye for the lack of security at the party. The lack of security let in the shooter creating a situation where the bullet that hit Knight shattered his femur costing him over $200,000 in doctors fees. (All Voices)
No further details have been revealed as of now.
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