Dr. Dre and Ice Cube are asking to be dropped from a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from a deadly incident that occurred during promotional shooting for the N.W.A biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” according to legal papers obtained by TheWrap.
Dr. Dre (real name: Andre Young) and Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson, Sr.) have filed a demurrer in the suit, claiming that they are free of wrongdoing in the January incident, during which disgraced former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight allegedly ran down Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan with his vehicle, killing Carter and injuring Sloan.
In the demurrer, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube say that the effort “to place the blame for Suge’s criminal conduct” is “misplaced,” and that Carter’s family cannot assert that the two defendants owed Carter a “duty of care, because Suge’s criminal conduct was not foreseeable.”
Knight currently faces charges of murder and attempted murder as a result of the incident.
Knight, Universal Studios, Sloan and others are also named in the lawsuit, which was filed by Carter’s family.
According to the papers, Knight showed up at the base camp for the shoot “bearing a grudge and looking for a confrontation,” but Ice Cube and Dr. Dre asked Sloan to direct Knight away from the base camp.
“This conduct was prudence, not negligence,” the demurrer reads.
The fatal incident took place sometime later at the parking lot of a Compton, California, restaurant.
“The Complaint offers no factual support for imposing liability on Dr. Dre and Ice Cube for Suge’s outrageous and criminal attack that took Terry Carter’s life,” the demurrer reads.
Knight has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, claiming that he acted in self-defense.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.