Universal, Suge Knight, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre Hit With Wrongful Death Suit in ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Crash

Widow of man killed near film set is seeking unspecified damages, funeral and court costs

Last Updated: June 4, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

Four months after Suge Knight allegedly mowed down two people near the set of Universal’s “Straight Outta Compton,” leaving one dead and the other injured, the widow of the man killed in the crash has slapped the studio, Knight and producers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre with a wrongful death lawsuit.

Lillian Carter filed the suit Wednesday in Los Angeles superior court, naming the high-profile defendants along with filmmaker and activist Cle “Bone” Sloan — who was severely injured in the Jan. 29 hit-and-run.

Knight is currently jailed, facing a murder charge in connection with the crash. He is also charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts of hit-and-run with an allegation that he committed a serious and violent felony while out on bail in connection with another crime.

“Mr. Knight denies any liability whatsoever. He was defending himself at all times.,” Knight’s attorney Thomas Mesereau told TheWrap.

The legal papers obtained by TheWrap state that Knight “carelessly, recklessly, violently, and negligently drove Vehicle 1 towards Bone… causing Vehicle 1 to strike Terry Carter and killing him.”

The lawsuit goes on to claim that Universal and the other defendants were negligent because they should have known about “the long-standing tensions that had existed over the years between Dr. Dre and Suge,” and the fact “that Suge was a violent individual, who has been arrested several times in the past and charged with violent crimes…”

Lillian Carter is seeking unspecified damages, funeral and court costs.

Dr. Dre and Knight co-founded Death Row Records together in 1991, but their relationship eventually soured.

Knight has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

His trial had been set for July 7, but was delayed after he suddenly changed lawyers on May 29. The fallen hip-hop mogul is currently being held on $10 million bail and faces life in prison if found guilty, due to prior convictions.

Universal declined to comment on the lawsuit. Meanwhile, attorneys for Dr. Dre and Suge Knight did not immediately return requests for comment.

Anita Bennett and Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.