A judge has frozen the assets of Marion "Suge" Knight, including his Death Row Records label, after finding the rap mogul had avoided paying a $107 million civil court judgment won last March.
In another twist, the ruling alsao favors an imprisoned drug dealer, who wants half of a $107 million court award to his wife, Lydia Harris, who claimed Knight cheated her out of a 50 percent stake in the rap label.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohigian said Knight, who co-founded Death Row with rapper Dr. Dre in the early 1990s and helped launch the careers of performers Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur, could stave off the order if he fully disclosed his assets in a debtor's exam set for April 1.
A lawyer for Knight, Dermot Givens, said later the judge had not formally signed an order taking control of the rap mogul's assets, and Givens expected to have it overturned by proving Knight and Harris had reached a settlement in the case.
"In May of 2005, she received a million dollars and rights to various music, and she signed a settlement agreement," Givens told Reuters. He said Harris was trying to back out of that settlement under pressure from her ex-husband, Michael, who would be entitled to share in the original $107 million judgment.
Could all these protracted difficulties sound the death knell for Death Row?
We shall see what we shall see.