This past spring, Suge Knight alleged that Dr. Dre hired a hitman to kill him. Now, he’s made it a legal claim.
According to TMZ, the former Death Row CEO filed a lawsuit that details a lifetime management deal with Dre that entitles him to a little less than a third of Dre’s entertainment revenue. Knight says Dre cut him out of his Beats By Dre deal with Apple because the tech giant didn’t want him associated with their brand, but his management deal still entitles him to a piece of Dre’s nearly $1 billion deal. The former Death Row CEO alleges that Dre resorted to hiring a hitman to shoot him at 1 OAK nightclub during the 2014 VMAs weekend to avoid paying the money he’s owed. Knight recovered from seven shots to the abdomen from the alleged incident.
The suit alleges that the LA County Sheriff’s Department questioned a man named T-Money about the shooting who confessed that Dre paid him to kill Suge, and also claims that another hired hit from Dre in January of 2015 caused Suge to accidentally run over and kill Terry Carter as Suge was trying to escape an ambush driving away from Tam’s Burgers, which has led to an ongoing hit-and-run case.
Suge is suing Dre, Apple, Universal, and Tam’s for unspecified damages, but among them are 30% of Dre’s take from the Beats deal. Dre received a little less than $1 billion, so Suge is looking at around $300 million.
A lawyer for Dr. Dre issued a statement in response to Suge’s claims to TMZ, which hints at Dre possibly taking legal action against Suge: “Given that Dre has had zero interaction with Suge since leaving Death Row Records in 1996, we hope that Suge’s lawyer has lots of malicious prosecution insurance.”