Suge Knight Settles With Kanye West Out of Court
The former Death Row Records CEO and gangsta rap kingpin has dropped his appeal in the lawsuit against Kanye West, reportedly reaching a confidential agreement with Kanye’s attorneys to settle his legal costs out of court.
Suge’s appeal came after a Miami federal court judge found the case in Kanye’s favor in November 2010. Suge’s attorneys had argued that Kanye was reponsible for a shooting at a Miami MTV Video Music Awards party he had hosted in 2005, where Suge was shot in the leg and allegedly robbed of a $135,000 diamond earring. Suge sought millions of dollars in damages, claiming Kanye was responsible for the party’s lax security which allowed the shooter to smuggle a gun into the club, and escape without capture.
“It was reasonably foreseeable to defendants that the party would present a dangerous environment with the possibility of weapons (including firearms) being used by or against party guests given the well-known feuds that have at times pitched East Coast rap and hip-hop stars against West Coast rap and hip-hop stars, some of whom would be attending the party with their associates,” read Suge’s case. “Certain hip-hop artists who were invited to the party … were known not to be friendly to Mr. Knight.”
The judge ruled that there was no evidence that Kanye was responsible for the shooting, and Suge’s attorney officially filed a dismissal of his appeal last month, after an agreement was made out of court. The shooter was never identified, and the case remains unsolved.