Suge Knight sues Chris Brown over nightclub shooting

Death Row Records founder accuses Brown of having gang ties in lawsuit.

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight is suing Chris Brown over a 2014 nightclub shootout in which Knight was shot seven times.

Knight is also suing Los Angeles club 1 Oak after he was shot while attending Brown’s party, stating that the club’s security was inadequate and that it allowed “at least one person” to enter the private party with a gun.

Knight, who helped launch the careers of Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur and Dr Dre, was left with wounds to his abdomen, chest and left forearm in the shooting. He has also cited complications including a blood clot following the shooting.

Knight is currently in prison awaiting trial for murder after allegedly killing one man and injuring two others. Knight says the men were attacking him in his car and the killing was in self-defence. He also says that injuries sustained in the nightclub shooting meant he wouldn’t have had the strength to attack his victim, Knight’s former friend Terry Carter.

No arrests have been made over the shooting at 1 Oak. Brown has not been implicated in the shooting, but Knight accused Brown of having gang ties, which Knight says should have led to greater security as 1 Oak should have been aware of the possibility of violence at Brown’s party.

In 2005, Knight was shot at a party hosted by Kanye West in Miami. He accused West of lax security, but a judge ruled in West’s favour.

After founding Death Row, Knight lost control of the label when he filed for bankruptcy. He was sentenced to five years’ probation in 1995 for assaulting two men, then sentenced for parole violation in 1997 after getting involved in a brawl in Las Vegas just two hours before Tupac was shot dead in a drive-by while he was a passenger in Knight’s car.