Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is expected to appear in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Thursday to answer to a charge of threatening the director of the film “Straight Outta Compton.”
According to court papers obtained by TMZ.com, Knight was indicted in February for allegedly threatening “to commit a crime which would result in death and great bodily injury to Felix Gary Gray.”
TMZ reported that Knight, 52, was unhappy with his portrayal in “Straight Outta Compton,” which chronicles the rise of the rap group N.W.A. and his role as co-founder and CEO of Death Row Records. He allegedly sent the threat to Gray via text message on Aug. 8, 2014, according to the website.
Officials with the District Attorney’s Office could not be reached for comment late Wednesday. Court records show Knight is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning, for what TMZ reported would be his arraignment.
Knight is separately charged with murder, attempted murder and hit-and- run for allegedly killing 55-year-old Terry Carter and injuring Cle “Bone” Sloan on Jan. 29, 2015, by running them down with a pickup truck in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers in the 1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue.
Prosecutors have repeatedly cited Knight’s violent history, stating in court papers filed last year that he “has been a violent, unrepentant criminal for over 30 years.” They have said his past shows “utter contempt for the judicial system and human life.”
–City News Service