LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) Suge Knight spoke with The Blast from jail, his first interview since accepting a plea deal, via telephone.
Knight covered a wide range of topics, including his belief that Dr. Dre has put out a couple of hit jobs on him. The former music mogul, 53, reached a plea agreement in Los Angeles district court in connection to the 2015 hit-and-run death of Terry Carter outside Compton restaurant Tam’s Burgers. Knight agreed to pleading no contest to Voluntary manslaughter, which carries an 11-year prison sentence. The sentence is doubled, however, because of a prior felony conviction.
Knight told The Blast he is looking forward to a move to a more permanent facility than the Los Angeles County Jail so he can receive better health care. He has been hospitalized several times since his incarceration.
As for Dr. Dre, Knight claims the two cut a lifetime deal in the ’90s where Knight would collect 30 percent of Dre’s earnings and that would include the $3 billion deal between Apple and Beats. Because Knight attempted to collect his share, he claims Dre put out a hit on him in 2014 that led to Knight getting riddled with bullets at a nightclub. Having survived that, a hit at Tam’s was put in place, Knight says.
“They also got the paper trail with all the checks and proof of when they talked to the witnesses saying that Dre came to them first and asked the two guys how much it cost to get rid of me,” Knight told The Blast. “And they said, ‘What you mean by get rid of?’ And they said, ‘Kill him.’”
That led to the two men confronting him at Tam’s, according to Knight was is confronted by Cle “Bone” Sloan, who was handling security for a film shoot there for “Straight Outta Compton.” That’s when Knight gunned it in reverse knocking Sloan to the ground, then going forward running him over, then running over the other man, Terry Carter, and killing him. He told The Blast the trial was a “murder-for-hire case” and sued Dr. Dre in 2016 because of the incident. A representative for Dr. Dre told The Blast there would be no comment.
The plea deal was made because there was no other choice, according to Knight.
“So when they gave me an attorney, he seen me two times in eight months and told me he went to the court and said he needed help and other attorneys. And they told him no. He said no way he can do my trial because he really don’t know the case and he won’t win.
“So if somebody stacks the deck against you, to the point where they’re not trying to fight for you, and let you get the attorneys you wish to have, what can you do?”