LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Former Death Row Records exec Marion "Suge" Knight is facing new criminal allegations after he was accused of threatening to harm the director of the hit movie “Straight Outta Compton.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Knight plead not guilty in a Los Angeles court on Thursday to a to a grand jury indictment accusing him of threatening death or bodily injury against director F. Gary Gray on Aug. 8, 2014.
The threat, according to the indictment, was "unequivocal, unconditional, immediate" causing Gray to fear the "immediate prospect of execution" the Times reported.
Knight’s attorney, Matthew Fletcher, told reporters at the hearing that he'd been unable to review the discovery documents related to the case but said he believes the charge was related to a text message sent from a phone not owned by Knight.
Paraphrasing his belief about the contents of his client's text message, Fletcher said: “You have family. I have family. We all need to eat. God bless you.”
Knight's fiancée Toi-Lin Kelly said that while Knight hasn't seen the movie, he was frustrated that his likeness was used in the film but he was not compensated. Kelly also noted that Knight “doesn’t send threatening texts.”
The new legal woes are in addition to allegations that Knight killed one man and wounded another with his vehicle during an altercation at a Los Angeles restaurant in 2015. He is also facing charges in a separate robbery case.