LOS ANGELES (PIX11) – Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was once again taken out of the courtroom on a gurney — this time after hearing his bail in an ongoing murder trial was set at $25 million.
“Just, bam,” Matthew Fletcher, Knight’s attorney, told the Los Angeles Times. “He’s unconscious right now.” Knight, who has been hospitalized several times during the course of the trial, was wheeled out of the courtroom by Los Angeles Fire Department officials.
Knight, who is charged with murder, attempted murder and two counts of hit-and-run after allegedly being caught on video deliberately running over two men with his red pickup truck in Compton. Terry Carter, 55, died in the incident and Cle “Bone” Sloan, 51, was critically injured.
Both men had been working security on the set of a “Straight Outta Compton,” which chronicles the rise to fame of the rap group NWA. According to the motion made by Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes, Knight allegedly made threats in connection to the film. “Knight was angry that he was not compensated for his likeness in the movie,” according to the motion.
Knight is also suspected of forcing various rappers and athletes to pay “taxes” to make money in the Las Vegas or Los Angeles area, according to a Los Angeles County sheriff’s affidavit. Barnes highlighted Knight’s extensive record — almost 300 pages that detail his alleged role in robberies, assaults, battery, witness intimidation, money laundering and extortion.
The request for a $25 million bail was based on arguments by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and law enforcement officials who cited “witness intimidation issues” and the possibility of Knight being a flight risk.