January 30, 2015, 11:17 a.m.
Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was fleeing for his life when he allegedly ran over two people – killing one of them – in Compton on Thursday afternoon, his attorney James Blatt says.
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A group of people attacked Knight and threatened to kill him and were “attempting to drag him outside of the vehicle when he made an effort to escape ... in fear for his life,” Blatt told the Los Angeles Times on Friday morning.
But police have a different view. After interviewing the onetime hip-hop mogul, Los Angeles County detectives arrested him on suspicion of murder.
Knight, questioned at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department West Hollywood station early Friday, is being held in lieu of $2-million bail.
“The investigation is in the very beginning stages," Blatt said. "We anticipate him being exonerated.”
Knight, 49, allegedly ran over two men with his truck following an argument on a film set in Compton.
The confrontation began about 3 p.m. Thursday when Knight and two unidentified men began arguing on the set of "Straight Outta Compton," a biopic about the group N.W.A., said Capt. John Corina of the Sheriff's Department's detectives unit.
About 20 minutes after the argument, the victims were at Tam's Burgers near Central and East Rosecrans avenues, authorities said. Knight is believed to have followed the men in his truck and run them over in the parking lot, Corina said.
Witnesses said the driver hit the men with the truck, then backed over them before driving from the scene.
One of the victims, 55, died, and the other, 51, suffered undisclosed injuries, Corina said. At least one of the victims was a member of the film crew, he said.
"I am positive Mr. Knight will be exonerated," Blatt said. "Investigators are still interviewing witnesses and still need to see video of the incident."
A representative for Knight had no comment on the allegations.
Traffic slowed to a crawl at the corner of Rosecrans and Central as evening commuters tried to navigate past the crime scene. Onlookers gathered, trying to catch a glimpse of the parking lot of the popular burger joint. Social media exploded with the news about Knight's allegedly being involved in another crime.
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