Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is in legal trouble again! This time he was arrested by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department on an outstanding traffic warrant. He was released after about an hour.
Suge was arrested early Saturday for failing to appear in court on a traffic violation, as he left a restaurant near Universal Studios outside Los Angeles, according to the Associated Press.
Arrested on outstanding warrant
The 45-year-old former CEO of Death Row Records was picked up at around 11:30 p.m. as he was leaving a restaurant in the Universal CityWalk complex of shops, movie theaters and dining areas, which is located about nine miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, reports Los Angeles Times.
Sheriff’s deputies stopped the rap mogul soon as he came out of the restaurant and, after running his name through computers, discovered that he was wanted on a minor traffic warrant issued recently in Beverly Hills, Sgt. Shawn Ruda of the sheriff’s West Hollywood Station told the LA Times.
According to Sgt. Shawn Ruda of the sheriff’s West Hollywood Station, the notorious hip-hop star was not doing anything wrong when he was stopped by deputies, and voluntarily agreed to talk to them.
Released later in the day
The bald, bearded Suge was arrested on a $40,000 bench warrant and was booked at the West Hollywood station at around 1:15 a.m., where he issued a citation, and signed a promise to appear in court within about two months before being released, Ruda said.
According to Ruda, the notorious hip-hop star was not doing anything wrong when he was stopped by deputies, and voluntarily agreed to talk to them.
“A person who’s been arrested multiple times, you see if he has any outstanding warrants,” Ruda said. “And he did.”
About the rap mogul and his legal troubles
Knight, professionally known as "Suge"- short for "Sugar Bear," is a controversial entrepreneur in the hip hop music world and co-founder and CEO of Death Row Records.
Knight, who helped promote the music career of such rap stars as Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur in the 1990s, declared bankruptcy two years ago, forcing the sale of his Death Row Records to New York–based company Global Music Group.
It's not 'Suge' Knight's first brush with the law; he has a long arrest record instead. He has spent several years in prison for violating parole on assault and weapons convictions. He is also a suspect in the '09 armed robbery of rap producer Noel "Detail" Fisher.
In October 1996, Suge was jailed for violating his probation on a previous assault case by allegedly kicking a man during a scuffle at a Las Vegas hotel. He was thrown behind bars again in 2003 for violating parole for punching a parking attendant at a Hollywood nightclub.
In August 2008, Knight was arrested in Las Vegas on drug and assault charges after he was accused of beating his girlfriend and pulling a knife on her during an argument outside a strip club.
His latest arrest stems from a traffic stop on Sept. 23 when Suge was caught driving on a suspended license. The embattled rap mogul was pulled over by Los Angeles cops when he was spotted committing a minor traffic violation.