Embattled hip-hop mogul Suge Knight has been hit with a lawsuit by the family of his friend Terry Carter, who was killed in a hit-and-run incident on a California film set in January (15).
The Death Row Records founder stands accused of killing Carter and injuring a second man, actor Cle Sloan, as Knight attempted to race away from an altercation on the Los Angeles set of N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.
While Knight has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder charges, he has been dealt another blow as Carter's wife and children filed a lawsuit against him, as well as film producers Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, claiming the former N.W.A. rappers hired known gang members to provide security for location shoots in neighbourhoods where thugs are prevalent.
In legal documents obtained by TMZ.com, the Carter family alleges some of the gang members threatened Knight and incited the reported brawl on the film set, therefore angering him, leading to his desire to speed away from the area, and subsequently killing Carter.
The family has also listed the owners of restaurant Tam's Burgers, where the incident took place. They claim violent crimes often occur in the parking lot, and it should be policed by security as a result.
The Carters are seeking unspecified damages.
Knight has been behind bars since the incident and his trial is set to begin in July (15).