Knight turned himself into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood substation at around 12:30 am and his bail was set at $2 million, according to press reports.
For Knight, 49, the arrest marks another downturn in a long career that began at the dawn of rap music. He founded Death Row Records, which became the epicenter of West Coast “gangsta” rap, with artists such as NWA, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in his stable.
But fights, financial disputes and a long string of crimes and shady dealings toppled his empire. He filed for bankruptcy and later spent five years of a nine year sentence in jail for probation violations.
Knight’s lawyer, James Blatt, told the Los Angeles Times, Knight was interviewed for around three hours as a “person of interest” in the case before he was handed over to authorities and charged.
New details about the incident have emerged since the confrontation took place around 3 pm on the set of a promotional shoot for a biobic “Straight Outta Compton,” about the rap group NWA.
Knight and two unidentified men began arguing on the set after filming had wrapped. About 20 minutes later, the two men were at a burger joint when Knight showed up in his truck and ran them over, according to Capt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives unit.
Knight allegedly backed into the men, knocked them down, then ran over them, possibly twice, according to some witnesses, before driving off.
Blatt said his Knight was being attacked by a group of men, and accidentally ran over the victims, while trying to get away. The rap mogul was shot six times in August at a nightclub on the eve of the MTV Video Music Awards, and is said to be in frail health.
“I am positive Mr. Knight will be exonerated by Tuesday. “Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and still need to see video of the incident,” Blatt told The Times.
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