As Suge Knight awaits his fate in the hit-and-run incident that resulted in a fatality and several injuries, his attorney claims that a video possibly proving Knight was the victim, not the perpetrator of the attack, is in police custody.
Defense attorney James Blatt said he'll likely see the clip on Monday or Tuesday, and is confident it will vindicate his client, who is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.
Thursday's incident was the latest in a long line of brushes with death and the law for the Death Row Records founder, 49. The fatal run-in occurred a short while after Knight was told to leave a promotional shoot for the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, after arguing with someone. The incident escalated to blows and Knight then fled the scene in his vehicle, striking two people, including his friend Terry Carter, who later died at a hospital.
The other man was identified by his manager as Cle "Bone" Sloan, 51, an actor and film consultant. He was hospitalized in stable condition, said manager Jermaine Shelton.
Blatt said Knight was called to Tam's Burgers in Compton for a meeting and was attacked by four people, including Sloan, as he slowed his truck. The men beat him through his window and threatened to kill him. Knight punched the gas and fled in fear, Blatt said. He had no idea he hit two men.
The video will reportedly clarify who was the instigator in the attack.
The fatal run-in comes less than six months after Knight was shot six times at a West Hollywood nightclub in August –– the second shooting he's survived. No arrests have been made in that incident.
In November, Knight pleaded not guilty to a robbery charge filed after a celebrity photographer accused him of stealing her camera in Beverly Hills. Because of prior convictions, he could face up to 30 years in prison.
Knight surrendered early Friday and was booked on suspicion of murder.
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