'Suge' Knight misses court appearance
Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight failed to appear at a court-ordered debtor hearing Saturday, triggering legal actions that a judge had warned would place his Death Row Records in receivership.
In addition, lawyers suing him plan to ask that he be held in contempt and jailed until he participates in the debtor hearing that requires him to disclose all of his assets.
At issue is an unpaid judgment against Knight for $107 million that was awarded to Lydia Harris, the former Knight associate who claimed she helped start the rap record empire with her former husband, Michael Harris.
Harris, an imprisoned drug dealer serving a 28-year sentence at San Quentin Prison, is claiming half of the $107 million as community property in their divorce.
Harris also claims he put up $1.5 million from behind bars to help start the record label, a contention that Knight has repeatedly denied.
Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohegian issued an order last week appointing a receiver to take over Death Row Records. But he stayed the order pending Knight's appearance at Saturday's hearing.
Knight's attorney, Dermot Givens, contacted by phone, declined to comment saying, "We try our cases in the court and not in the press."
Attorney Steve Goldberg, who represents Harris, said attorneys would appear in Sohegian's court Tuesday to make sure the receivership takes effect and to ask that Knight be held in contempt.
He noted that the receiver would take control of all assets of Death Row Records including an extensive music library including the records of Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and many other rap legends.
"We are going to ask the receiver to take ownership of the music library and auction it off," Goldberg said.
He predicted this could be "a death sentence for Death Row Records."