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Friday, August 11, 2017 10:27 AM

Suge Knight Accused Of Paying Off Witnesses In Murder Case to Help Clear His Name — Report

By: Monya Fleming

Suge Knight Accused Of Paying Off Witnesses In Murder Case to Help Clear His Name — Report

Rap Mogul Suge Knight, who is behind bars as he awaits his murder trial in January, is being accused of trying to pay off witnesses in the murder case. Knight's attorney, Matt Fletcher, is vehemently denying the accusations.

Legal documents reportedly filed by the Los Angeles District Attorney claim they are in possession of a recorded call from jail between Knight and Fletcher, where they allegedly discussed paying witnesses to state that “Knight was the victim of an armed assault” before he ran over Cle “Bone” Sloan and the late Terry Carter with his red truck outside a Compton restaurant.

The records from the District Attorney report that a conversation between Knight and Fletcher took place on March 16, 2015, with the lawyer allegedly discussing an amount to pay someone. “That’s a fair [expletive] investment,” Fletcher allegedly said. “You know, 20, 25 thousand dollars to pay to these [expletive] to get home?”

The lawyer has spoken out to defend himself, claiming his statements were taken out of context. Fletcher explained that he was discussing the members of a biker group who recorded the deadly incident on their cell phones.

“We were sending people out to try to find versions of the videotape,” Fletcher explained to the Daily News. He added that the large sum of money would have come from media outlets such as TMZ or Radar Online.

Fletcher said, "I’ve never paid anyone, period, end of story. As far as I know, (witnesses) haven’t been paid by anyone. I don’t believe Suge Knight has the money to pay anyone.”

Prosecutors are suggesting that Knight and Fletcher conspired to “violate a court order” and sell the video footage of the incident to TMZ.com for $55,000. They also are investigating Fletcher as a “precautionary measure” in case there is a chance Knight would appeal the case in the future. 

“They’re accusing me of trying to sell the tape to TMZ,” Fletcher claimed. “I wasn’t even on the case then. I didn’t have the videotape.”
Fletcher plans to ask the court why prosecutors were even allowed to listen to his calls with Knight. 
22 years ago today, Suge Knight took the stage with @legendarydannyboy and gave his iconic speech at the second annual @thesource Awards towards @diddy at The Madison Square Garden August 3, 1995 #hiphop #deathrow #sugeknight #tupac #2pac
Prosecutors stated in their filing that they were given access to certain calls involving Fletcher if Knight first called a third party, where Fletcher was conferenced in. They said the third party allegedly broke the expectation of attorney-client privilege. “I find that to be rather disquieting,” Fletcher stated.

Just last week, the former Death Row Records CEO pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of threatening director F. Gary Gray over his portrayal in the 2015 N.W.A biopic, "Straight Outta Compton".

#SugeKnight allegedly threatened the life of #StraightOuttaCompton director #FGaryGray just months before the producer killed a man in a #Compton parking lot. #Knight, who is currently in jail after pleading not guilty to a 2015 murder, allegedly threatened #Gray by text. "On or about August 8, 2014, Suge...threatened to commit a crime which would result in death and great bodily injury to Felix Gary Gray,” reads the Grand Jury indictment.

Knight has been behind bars for 2½ years as he awaits trial for the alleged murder of Carter and attempted murder of Cle “Bone” Sloan.
Suge's legal team have insisted that the rap mogul was attacked by Sloan, who was carrying a gun, before he ran the victims over with his truck. 

Prosecutors claim there is “no evidence” to show anyone pointed a gun at Knight at the time Knight hit both victims with his truck.

“In fact, the witnesses interviewed clearly stated that they did not see any guns,” the Wednesday filing said. “Knight himself never mentioned a gun during his January 30, 2015 interview, only that he had been ‘ambushed.’”

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