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Dr Dre and Ice Cube request removal from lawsuit relating to Suge Knight homicide case

By | Published on Thursday 20 August 2015

Suge Knight

Dr Dre and Ice Cube have demanded they be removed from a civil lawsuit that has stemmed from that incident earlier this year when one time Deathrow Records boss Suge Knight drove a vehicle into two men, killing one of them.

As previously reported, Knight is facing criminal charges in relation to the incident that took place back in January. It’s claimed he deliberately drove his pickup truck into Cle Sloan and Terry Carter, killing the latter, after an altercation outside a burger bar in LA.

In the civil action filed in June by Carter’s widow, it is stated that the altercation – as we already suspected – began on a nearby film set where a commercial for the new NWA biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’ was being filmed.

Carter’s legal papers say that Sloan had been hired to recruit local gang members to participate in the film shoot, as extras and security. Both Dre and Cube were present at the filming, which caused problems when Knight – who has long feuded with Dre, of course – also showed up, seemingly to berate those working on the movie over his portrayal in the biopic.

Dre then seemingly requested that Sloan remove Knight from the site, which resulted in a fracas that then continued a few miles away outside that burger bar. It is thought Carter had accompanied Sloan to play peacemaker.

The lawsuit claims that the film’s makers, and Dre and Cube individually, should take some responsibility for the resulting incident, and therefore Carter’s death, because had they not insisted Sloan remove Knight from the shoot the resulting altercation would not have taken place.

But in a legal filing last week, Dre and Cube’s reps said that their clients could not have been expected to foresee that their request that Knight be removed from the set would “create undue risks for anyone, let alone Carter”. Indeed, the purpose of the request was to prevent more foreseeable conflict at the film shoot itself.

According to Billboard, Dre and Cube’s motion says of Carter’s litigation: “The risk that Suge might leave the [film shoot] and proceed to his fatal confrontation with Carter was no more foreseeable than the possibility that Suge would injure or kill someone else if he had been permitted to stay”.

It remains to be seen if the courts now remove the two former NWA men as defendants from this case.