The longstanding feud between rap moguls
In the latest development, Knight, currently in jail in Los Angeles awaiting trial in February on hit-and-run murder and attempted murder charges, filed suit against Dre last week, asserting that Dre twice hired a hitman to kill him, first in August 2014 at a nightclub and again in Compton in January 2015, according to his attorney, Thaddeus Culpepper.
Knight claims it was fear of these alleged hitmen that caused Knight to run over two men, killing one and injuring the other, in Compton near the set of the Dre-produced film, Straight Outta Compton.
Knight is suing Dre on various grounds, including contract interference, negligence, assault and battery, premises liability and "vicarious responsibility."
"Dr. Dre did it," his lawsuit says. "Andre Young (Dre's real name) is responsible for both crimes."
A representative of Dr. Dre could not be reached for comment.
In part, Culpepper acknowledges, the civil suit Knight filed against Dre is intended to help build a self-defense case for Knight, who is charged with killing
Under Knight's theory of the case, he was only trying to escape armed men he believed had been hired to kill him, even though he has not raised the issue of self-defense in the dozens of hearings over the last 20 months in the case since Knight was arrested.
"He didn’t know all the facts at that time, but he did tell (
Now, Culpepper says, Knight and his defense team believe they have proof that the men who surrounded his pickup that night were hired to kill him by Dre: Culpepper says the Knight defense team has interviewed eyewitnesses to the encounter and believes there are checks, for as much as $300,000 down to $20,000, linking Dre and the two victims in the hit-and-run case.
Culpepper says the other purpose of the Knight lawsuit against Dre is to restore a management contract between the two music moguls, which called for Knight to get 30 percent of Dre's earnings. When Dre sold his headphones company, Beats by Dre, to Apple in 2014 for $3 billion, Knight was cut out of the deal.
Knight was displeased, says Culpepper, and asserted his rights under the management contract. Thus, according to Culpepper, Dre had a motive to get rid of Knight by hiring a hitman to kill him at a nightclub.
"(Dre) took to street tactics," Culpepper says. "After May 2014,
A hearing in the lawsuit is scheduled for Thursday on whether or not Knight can get access to Dre's bank records, Culpepper said.
This isn't the first lawsuit Knight, a two-time convicted felon, has filed from jail. In June, he sued
Knight survived gunshot wounds to the abdomen, chest and left forearm from the shootings that night. The
Contributing: The Associated Press