The dark times of DEATH ROW RECORDS and the label’s founder MARION ‘SUGE’ KNIGHT’s are continuing with the news that they have been hit with $10 punitive damages judgement on top of the $4 million compensation award of last week.
As previously reported on NME.COM (click here for link), a Los Angeles Supreme Court jury found Death Row and Knight guilty of defrauding Lamont and Ken Brumfield by convincing their young charge Kurupt (real name Ricardo E. Brown) into entering an exclusive recording, songwriting and management agreement with Death Row, promising the young rapper “wealth and fame through defamation” of his then managers Lamont and Ken Brumfield.
Following the $4.3 million compensation order, the Brumfield’s lawyer insisted they would be seeking punitive damages on a “psychological and moral basis”. Death Row issued a statement saying they would appeal the penalty and that they were “extremely disappointed that the jury chose a grossly excessive amount that is clearly not related to the facts of this case”.
Knight is currently serving a nine year jail sentence for parole violation. Ken Brumfield is year a 20-year-sentence for cocaine trafficking.