According to reports, Suge thinks his former protégé shelled out big bucks to have him killed.
In new legal docs, Suge claims in July 2016 he was shown a check made out for $20k by Dr. Dre to a man named Dwayne Johnson. Suge says this was blood money to have him killed the day he fatally ran over a man. Johnson was at the Tam’s parking lot the day Suge ran over Terry Carter, killing him. For that he’s on trial for murder. The upshot of what Suge is arguing … he had reason to fear for his life when he entered Tam’s. (TMZ)
Back in August, buzz developed about Suge allegedly trying to bribe a murder case witness.
Suge Knight and his attorney Matthew Fletcher are accused of attempting to orchestrate witness bribery ahead of the rap mogul’s murder trial, prosecutors revealed Wednesday. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office based the allegations on a series of prison phone calls between Knight and his lawyer. (Rolling Stone)
Despite the headline-generating drama, Knight’s attorney denied the accusations.
Prosecutors are making the blockbuster claim Suge Knight tried to buy witnesses in his murder case — but one of the rap mogul’s lawyers denied the theory Thursday. “I’ve never paid anyone, period, end of story,” lawyer Matt Fletcher told the Daily News. “As far as I know, (witnesses) haven’t been paid by anyone,” he said. “I don’t believe Suge Knight has the money to pay anyone.” (NY Daily News)
Reports claim the bribery talk stems from 2015 calls between Suge and his lawyer.
Talk of bribery came in a series of recorded calls in 2015 between Knight, who was in jail, and his attorney Matthew Fletcher along with Knight’s fiancee and his business partner. Knight, whose Death Row Records made household names of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur, is charged with running his truck into two men, one of whom died, in 2015 outside a Compton burger stand after an argument on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton. (Billboard)