Suge Knight Out on Bail After Arrest for Assault
Knight, former CEO of Death Row Records, has a long criminal history.
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Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is placed in handcuffs in May, 2010 after officers stopped him in Gardena. (KTLA News)
Knight, whose real name is Marion Hugh Knight, was pulled over by California Highway Patrol officers around 12:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of Crenshaw Blvd. and 147th Street in Gardena, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Knight was accused of pulling a gun on a man in South Los Angeles a short time earlier, according to LAPD officer April Harding.
Nearly a half-dozen officers surrounded Knight's white Cadillac Escalade.
He was then handcuffed and taken to the LAPD's Southwest Division headquarters for questioning.
Knight was booked for assault with a deadly weapon involving a gun, and driving with a suspended license -- a misdemeanor charge, police told KTLA.
Knight, 45, was booked at the Metro jail in downtown Los Angeles.
He was released after posting $65,000 bail.
He could face more prison time if he's found guilty of violating parole.
The co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records has a long history of being in trouble with the law.
In 1996, he was sent to prison for a parole violation.
The following year, he was sentenced to 9 years for the violation.
He was released in 2001 but was sent back to jail in 2003 for another parole violation.
Knight was implicated in the March 2009 armed robbery of Los Angeles-based R&B/Hip Hop producer Noel "Detail" Fisher.
He was most recently accused of having 10 men taken jewelry from Jerold Ellis, who uses the name Yukmouth, outside a Los Angeles supermarket. Ellis later recanted the story.
Knight helped launch some of rap's biggest acts, including the seminal NWA, Snoop Dogg and the late Tupac Shakur. Knight was with Shakur the night he was killed in 1996.
Knight's name is derived from "Sugar Bear" -- a childhood nickname.