Hip-hop royal Suge Knight collapsed in court on Friday, falling to the ground after learning his bail had been set at $25 million after he was accused of murdering a former associate.
Bad news for Mr. Knight below…
The 49-year-old pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder after he was accused of using his vehicle to strike one man down and attempt to do the same to another.
Now, after he accused of being part of a scheme that extorted over $10 million from up and coming artists, Knight has now learned that is bail has been set at 25 million dollars…all of which must have been earned legitimately.
He collapsed after learning this, hitting his head on his chair as he fell to the ground, carried out by paramedics who can be seen rushing to his aid in the clip below.
The collapse marked the fourth time that Knight has been taken by ambulance from a courthouse since he was charged with killing Terry Carter, 55, in early February.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen set bail on Friday at $25 million for Knight, who is accused of running down and killing Carter with his truck.
Coen made his decision after Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes noted that Knight was on bail in a robbery case when he struck Carter and another man in a parking lot in Compton.
“He escalated his behavior and committed murder,” Barnes told the judge.
Fletcher argued that Knight’s bail should be set at $2 million, but Coen said the higher amount was warranted.
The attorney said before the hearing that his client likely could not post bail if it was set at $25 million.
Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, has pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges.
Barnes filed a motion Thursday accusing Knight of being part of a scheme that has extorted more than $10 million from up-and-coming and established rappers in recent years.
Fletcher countered that prosecutors should file charges involving those extortion claims if they have enough evidence.
Fletcher also said phone records and other evidence in the murder case would show that Knight was lured to the location where the men were hit by the truck. Knight was attacked when he arrived and hit the two men while trying to flee the scene, the lawyer said.
Fletcher said Cle “Bone” Sloan acknowledged to sheriff’s investigators that he attacked Knight. The attorney argued his client wasn’t required to remain at the scene and endure the attack, and that Sloan should be charged.
“If his name wasn’t ‘Suge’ Knight, they wouldn’t have filed this case,” Fletcher said.