After a grand jury moved forward indicting Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight for making death threats against Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray, new details have emerged. Knight was indicted in August as a result of a previous hearing that alleged he sent death threats to Gray via text message. The details of both previous hearings weren’t fully publicized before this weekend and could lead to further ramifications.
According to a Los Angeles Times report by James Queally and Marisa Gerber, Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes leveled accusations of perjury against Gray for his testimony while presumably attempting to make her case against Knight.
Gray reportedly said he had trouble recalling the alleged messages from Knight. There’s a lot of conjecture amid the allegations, but most of this is based on the reasonable assumption that people don’t generally forget allegedly having their life threatened by a famous record industry mogul.
“He’s so afraid he came in here and lied under oath,” Barnes reportedly told the grand jury Friday. “He’s perjuring himself because he’s that afraid.”
TMZ and multiple other outlets reported the August indictment, but the particular details of the case remained sealed until this weekend.
“Knight, the Compton-born former rap mogul who founded Death Row Records, was furious about his depiction in the film and the fact that he had not received any compensation, court records show,” the report states. “‘I will see u in person … u have kids just like me so let’s play hardball,’ Knight, 52, wrote, ending the message with a pair of expletives and a racial slur, according to court records.”
Knight’s legal team maintained their client’s innocence, and they argued the messages were sent from a phone that belonged to someone else. Knight is also facing a homicide charge related to the filming of Straight Outta Compton after striking both Terry Carter and Cle “Bone” Sloan with his pickup truck in January of 2015. Carter died from his injuries, while Sloan survived but sustained injuries as well.
In a separate court filing, Knight claimed he was acting in self-defense when he struck Carter and Sloan to evade a paid attempt on his life that he believed was orchestrated by fellow Death Row co-founder Dr. Dre.