Former Death Row Records owner Marion “Suge” Knight just can’t catch a break. The hip-hop mogul is reportedly being accused of bribery in a publicized murder case.
According to reports, Suge and his legal muscle are both in hot water for allegedly trying to bribe witnesses.
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 has 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)
Earlier this month, a report surfaced about Suge denying a death threat claim from director F. Gary Gray.
Additionally, Fletcher claimed Suge’s phone has been blocked and he can’t communicate with his attorneys. Mathew wants visitations to include calls to his attorney’s office. Outside the courtroom, Fletcher read what he says are the only texts he’s seen between Knight and Gray. One read, “You have family, I have family, God bless you.” Fletcher says Suge and the director had been arguing about whether Suge deserved a fee because he was being portrayed in ‘Compton.’ (TMZ)