Former rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight is suing Chris Brown and the owners of a popular nightclub after he was shot seven times at a party hosted by the R&B singer.
The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court accuses Brown and the nightclub 1 Oak of failing to have adequate security and allowing at least one armed person into the venue during the party.
Suge survived gunshot wounds to the abdomen, chest and left forearm. The Death Row Records co-founder has cited complications from those injuries, including a blood clot, in court appearances on an unrelated murder charge.
His lawyers say Suge’s fear months after the shooting led him to flee when he was attacked in his car, running down two men and killing one. Suge, who is a two-time convicted felon, is in jail awaiting trial.
The lawsuit does not say how much money Suge is seeking, but it asks for a judgment ordering the defendants to pay past and future medical expenses for his injuries.
The lawsuit contends 1 Oak should have taken special security precautions because events hosted by Chris have a history of violence. It accuses Chris of gang ties and a “well-documented track record of hosting events and/or parties in which violence frequently erupted”.
Chris has completed probation in a 2009 felony assault case in which he attacked singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. He has not been implicated in the August 2014 shooting and no arrests have been made.
“As a result of the negligence of the defendants, one or more unknown individuals were allowed access to the event with weapons, including firearms,” the lawsuit says. “As a foreseeable result, gunshots were fired by those admitted into the event and (Knight) was shot and seriously injured.”
Singer Pia Mia, who co-hosted the party, is also named as a defendant.
Suge was also shot and wounded at a 2005 party hosted by Kanye West in Miami Beach. He sued the rapper, blaming him for lax security, but a judge ruled in Kanye’s favour after concluding there was no evidence that a shooting was foreseeable.
Suge has a string of legal problems dating back more than 20 years and was charged in two separate cases soon after the 2014 shooting.
The 51-year-old and comedian Katt Williams were accused of stealing a celebrity photographer’s camera in Beverly Hills within days of the shooting. Both men have pleaded not guilty to robbery charges.
Months later, Suge was charged with running over two men with his pick-up truck outside a Compton burger stand, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Suge’s lawyers have said he was fleeing armed attackers.
They say Suge was acting in self-defence when he struck Cle “Bone” Sloan, who was punching Knight through the window of his truck, and also hit Terry Carter, who died from his injuries.
Lawyers J Tooson and Jeremy Lessem linked Knight’s injuries from the nightclub shooting to the Compton incident, saying he was afraid for his life and still recovering.