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12/23/2002 9:56:32 PM
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LOS ANGELES - Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested for allegedly violating the terms of his parole, sheriff's officials said.
The alleged parole violations involve his alleged association with reputed gang members, police said. Authorities learned of the possible violations after raiding the rap mogul's office and home last month.
Knight was arrested on Monday after meeting with his parole officer.
Knight's attorney said his client has done nothing wrong, adding that if he did come into contact with any gang members it would only have been in connection with his responsibilities as a record company executive.
"He hasn't done anything but try to obey the law and work hard since his release," attorney David Chesnoff told The Associated Press. "I'm hopeful that when this is all thoroughly analyzed that he'll be permitted to be released."
Sheriff's investigators raided Knight's Malibu home and the Beverly Hills office of his Tha Row records Nov. 14 in connection with a pair of unsolved homicides. Authorities have said Knight is not a suspect in the killings.
In August 2001, Knight was released on parole after serving five years for violating probation on assault charges by getting into a fight in a Las Vegas hotel. The 1996 altercation occurred hours before rapper Tupac Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting while riding in Knight's car.
Knight had been on probation since 1995, when he entered no-contest pleas to two counts of assault stemming from a 1992 attack on two rappers at a Hollywood recording studio.
Suge Knight reportedly jailed for parole violation
LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) - Rap mogul Suge Knight, the founder of Death Row Records, was arrested Monday for violating the terms of his parole and jailed, local media reported.
In November, police raided the Beverly Hills offices of Knight's record company, now known as Tha Row, and several luxury condominiums he maintained.
KCAL TV reported that police found evidence of four unspecified parole violations by Knight, 37, during those searches.
Officials with the state parole board were not immediately available for comment. Representatives of Knight's record label and his lawyer could also not be immediately reached.
In 1992, Knight was convicted of assault and weapons violations, but sentenced to probation.
In 1996, he was arrested for violating his probation in connection with a fight in a Las Vegas casino that preceded the shooting death of rap legend Tupac Shakur. Those violations resulted in a five-year prison sentence for Knight.
Since his release last year, the burly and bearded Knight has vowed to stay out of trouble and said he was writing a tell-all memoir.
As a condition of his parole, Knight is forbidden from associating with gang members.
The Los Angeles Times reported that law enforcement officials believe Knight violated that order by associating with gang members suspected in a series of retaliatory shootings.
Knight's lawyer told the newspaper he was surprised by the arrest.
"Mr. Knight has done everything within his power to avoid any kind of trouble and at the same time remain active in the hip hop recording community," David Chesnoff told the newspaper. "His association with people that the parole board finds objectionable is in all likelihood, if true, directly connected to the music business and nothing else."
If found guilty of violating his parole, Knight could be sentenced to a year in prison, the newspaper said.
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