"Suge" Knight charged with assault

Wed Aug 27, 2008 7:46pm EDT
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By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on charges of assault and domestic violence on Wednesday after punching his girlfriend and pulling a knife on her during an argument, Las Vegas police said.

Knight, 43, co-founder of the rap label Death Row Records, also was charged with two drug offenses when he was found to be in possession of ecstasy and the prescription narcotic Hydrocodone, police said in a statement.

Police said Knight's girlfriend of three years, who was not identified in the statement, told officers that Knight punched her in the head during an argument while he was driving with her in an automobile.

In an effort to escape, the girlfriend grabbed the steering wheel causing the vehicle to hit a curb and come to an abrupt stop, then she fled with Knight in pursuit, police said.

When officers arrived on the scene, responding to a domestic violence call, they found Knight standing over the woman holding a knife, according to police.

He was arrested without incident and booked into the Clark County Detention Center, while his girlfriend was taken to a nearby hospital, police said.

Knight, who helped promote such rap stars as Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur in the 1990s, has seen his career as a record executive overshadowed by numerous run-ins with the law over the years.

He was sent to prison in October 1996 for violating his probation on a previous assault case by kicking a man during a scuffle at a Las Vegas hotel.   Continued...

<p>A Clark County Detention Center booking mug of music producer Marion Hugh Knight also known as "Suge" Knight on August 27, 2008. According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Knight was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and battery domestic violence, possession of a controlled substance and possession of dangerous drugs without a prescription. The charges stemmed from a domestic violence call involving his girlfriend early in the morning of August 27, 2008, police said. REUTERS/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department/Handout</p>