*Marion “Suge” Knight has filed a lawsuit against his former Death Row partner Dr. Dre claiming the music producer hired a hitman to kill him over a dispute regarding Beats By Dre.
According to TMZ, Suge says he had a lifetime management deal with Dre, which entitled him to a 30% cut of Dre’s entertainment earnings.
When Dre became associated with Beats, Suge alleges Dre tried to cut him out of his 30% stake, in part because Apple – which ended up purchasing Beats By Dre – didn’t want its brand associated with Suge.
According to the lawsuit, Suge says Dre attempted to solve the problem by hiring a hit man to kill him at 1 OAK during the 2014 BET Awards weekend, where Suge was shot seven times in the abdomen.
The suit claims the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. questioned a man named T-Money about the shooting, and he told investigators he was paid by Dre to kill Suge. Suge says, despite 37 cameras in 1 OAK, no arrests were made.
Fast-forward to January, 2015, when Suge drove to Tam’s Burgers in Compton. The suit claims Dre and Universal — which produced “Straight Outta Compton” — paid Cle “Bone” Sloan $300,000, insinuating he would take care of the Suge problem.
As we first reported, Suge struck Sloan with his truck, seriously injuring him. Suge also ran over Terry Carter and killed him, but Suge says it was an accident and he was trying to escape an ambush. Suge is suing Dre, Apple, Universal and Tam’s for unspecified damages. Among his damages — 30% of Dre’s take from the Beats sale. Dre got $1 billion, so Suge wants around $300 million.