Suge Knight sues Dr Dre over ‘hitmen’ claim

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Knight (l) and Dr Dre used to be friends and worked together

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is suing Dr Dre, alleging that the hip-hop star and Apple executive hired hitmen to kill him.

Knight alleges Dre was responsible for two attempts on his life.

He also claims Dre agreed to pay him 30% of his earnings for life, including his share of Apple’s 2014 $3bn (£2.45m) purchase of Dre’s Beats products.

Dre’s lawyers have dismissed the claims, saying he has had no contact with Knight for 20 years.

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Knight and Dre were co-founders of Death Row Records.

Knight is currently in jail awaiting trial for murder. He is accused of running over and killing industry colleague Terry Carter in January 2015 in a car park in Los Angeles.

In the case filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Knight said he had been defending himself as another man, filmmaker Cle Sloan, allegedly pulled a gun on him.

Several months earlier, Knight was shot seven times at a Hollywood nightclub in a party thrown by RB singer Chris Brown.

The case, referring to Dre by his given name, alleges that “Andre Young is responsible for both crimes.”

A lawyer for Dre told Rolling Stone: “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.”

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