Rap Mogul Suge Knight Arrested in L.A.

updated 12/24/2002 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/24/2002 12:00PM

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was arrested Monday in Los Angeles for allegedly violating the terms of his parole, according to reports. He remains in custody while awaiting a hearing.

Last month, police raided the Beverly Hills offices of Knight's record company, now called Tha Row (formerly Death Row Records), as well as his home, in connection with two homicides. Knight is not a suspect in the killings, authorities say.

In further developments concerning that raid, TV station KCAL reported that authorities found evidence of four unspecified parole violations by Knight, 37, as a result of police searches.

The Los Angeles Times also reported that police believe Knight violated the conditions of his parole by allegedly associating with reputed gang members suspected in a series of retaliatory shootings.

California parole board officials were not available for comment, reports Reuters.

But an attorney for Knight, David Chesnoff, told the Los Angeles Times, "Mr. Knight has done everything within his power to avoid any kind of trouble and at the same time remain active in the hip-hop recording community. His association with people that the parole board finds objectionable is in all likelihood, if true, directly connected to the music business and nothing else."

In 1992, Knight was convicted of assault and federal weapons violations, and sentenced to probation.

In 1996, he was arrested for violating his probation in connection with a fight in a Las Vegas casino that preceded the shooting death of rap legend Tupac Shakur by a few hours. Knight was sentenced to five years in prison.

He was released last year. One condition of his parole is that he is prohibited from associating with gang members.

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