Dr. Dre tried to score a hit of the non-musical variety on Suge Knight, hiring a man to kill the former Death Row Records kingpin — at least that’s the claim made by Knight in legal papers filed last week.
In a cross-complaint to a lawsuit filed by the family of Terry
According to Knight’s cross-complaint, a man referred to as T-Money told law enforcement that Dr. Dre — real name: Andre Young — paid him to kill Knight.
The countersuit also claims that Cle “Bone” Sloan — who was struck and injured by Knight’s truck during the “Straight Outta Compton” filming incident — was hired to “handle the Suge Knight problem.” According to Knight’s filing, Sloan was paid $300,000.
Knight claims that Dr. Dre had signed a lifetime management agreement with Knight, which entitles Knight to 30 percent of Dre’s earnings. However, the countersuit claims, as both a deal to sell his Beats headphone company to Apple and an agreement to make the “Straight Outta Compton” biopic began to take shape, “Young prepared to avoid paying Knight his share of the potential proceeds.”
Knight is currently incarcerated and awaiting trial for murder in
Dre’s representative, Howard King, scoffed at the lawsuit when contacted by TheWrap, saying, “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.”
Alleging negligence, assault and battery, intentional interference with contract and other counts, the countersuit seeks unspecified damages.