Suge vs. Kanye – in Miami

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So the little issue Suge Knight and Kanye West case from 2005 (where Suge got shot in the leg at a Miami VMA after party) has taken a turn back to relevance as Suge is set to come back to Miami for the deposition of the case. Read below as New Times gets the scoop on the details.

Back in January 2009, bankrupt hip-hop chieftain Marion “Suge” Knight filed a lawsuit against Kanye West, claiming the rapper should be financially responsible for an unsolved 2005 shooting at a South Beach Shore Club party West hosted that left Knight capped in the leg.

Among Suge’s alleged damages: medical bills, expenses including “the cost of a private plane to transport him from Florida back to Los Angeles”, and a diamond earring, worth $135,000 Suge claims, which was stolen from him in the melee. Shore Club’s owners were also named as defendants in the suit.

Presumably because we don’t have enough ridiculous litigation in South Florida, home of crying judges and Elian Gonzalez lawsuits, the case has been transferred to Miami federal court.

This month, the festivities kick off when Suge comes to town for deposition. “People shouldn’t underestimate Suge Knight,” his boisterous lawyer Marc Brumer tells Riptide, adopting the tone of a boxing promoter before a title fight. “He’s a very adept businessman. He’s a mess, but he’s sharp. Nobody likes Kanye West anymore. Even though he’s still selling millions of records, everybody’s sick of him.”

Unfortunately for Suge, court cases aren’t decided by American Idol- style mass-text votes, then, because the cigar-chomping, Blood-affiliated former NFL linebacker, who has been implicated in every conspiracy theory from planning BFF Tupac Shakur’s murder to shooting himself in his own damn leg at that 2005 party, is in serious need of cash. He sold Death Row Records years ago and now owes more than $6 million to the IRS.

(Lawyers representing Kanye and the Shore Club did not return our messages, or declined to comment.)

Riptide, for one, is woefully disillusioned at this whole scenario. Since when does hip-hop’s resident real bad guy resort to a lawsuit when trying to shake down a rapper for cash? Couldn’t he find a balcony high enough?

Source: Miami New Times

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