Knight's Lawyer May Have Key Evidence
In a new development in the possible parole-violation case of Marion "Suge" Knight, a security videotape reputedly shows that the hip-hop mogul did not sucker-punch a parking attendant outside a Hollywood nightclub as police claim, reports the Associated Press.
In a statement released by lawyer Rose Kogeman, who represents the Death Row Records (now called Tha Row) founder, she says: "Early Saturday morning, June 21, outside of Papas nightclub in Los Angeles, my client Suge Knight was attending a meeting with Minister Tony Mohammed to work on plans for the upcoming 100,000-man March for Peace."
She claims that Knight left the club with a group of people, including Mohammed, and then went to retrieve his car. It was at that point, she says, that "another patron, while waiting for his vehicle, got angry and shoved the valet.
"There were numerous individuals present and many of them have already given statements -- which we have provided to the Parole And Community Services Department -- indicating Mr. Knight was not involved in the altercation."
She added, "One of those individuals is Mr. Mohammed, who will provide a statement today corroborating Mr. Knight's innocence."
A Department of Corrections spokeswoman declined to respond to Kogeman's statement, according to AP.
Police had claimed Knight, 37, apparently was unhappy with where his car was parked. He could face as much as a year behind bars if prison officials determine he violated the terms of his parole.
Knight, who was convicted in 1992 of assault and weapons violations and is currently being held without bail, spent 61 days in jail after an arrest last December for violating the terms of his parole by associating with gang members.
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