Rap mogul Suge Knight hit with new charges in camera theft case

Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:54pm EST
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By Daina Beth Solomon

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight, already in custody in connection with a hit-and-run death, has now been charged with making a terroristic threat in connection with the 2014 theft of a camera from a celebrity photographer, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Knight, 49, and 43-year-old comedian Katt Williams had previously been charged with robbery in the Sept. 5 camera incident outside a Beverly Hills studio. Los Angeles County prosecutor Keri Modder disclosed the new count during a brief court hearing on Wednesday.

Modder declined to provide details on the evidence leading to the count and the music executive has not yet entered a plea.

Knight, the co-founder of influential hip-hop label Death Row Records, and Williams are due back in court on Feb. 19 to enter pleas before a preliminary hearing in the case. Neither attended Wednesday’s proceedings.

Modder also said she planned to request that the court forfeit Knight’s bail of $500,000 and set a new bail of $1 million.

Knight must remain in custody, however, because he is being held without bail in the hit-and-run case, which stems from a Jan. 29 altercation outside a burger shop in the Los Angeles suburb of Compton.

Prosecutors say Knight and another man began throwing punches at each other through the window of Knight's pickup truck before he put the vehicle in reverse, knocking the man to the ground.

The rap tycoon then pulled forward, running over one man and striking the second before leaving the scene, according to prosecutors.   Continued...

Rap mogul Suge Knight stands in court during his arraignment on murder charges at the Compton Courthouse in Compton, California February 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Paul Buck