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Rap News Network
12/11/2003 4:52:40 AM
Tags and topics realted to this article include Suge Knight, Daz Dillinger and Snoop Dogg.
Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was sued by the mother of rapper Snoop Dogg and the wife of rapper Daz Dillinger for allegedly slandering them in a song he produced, court records show.
Maria Watkins and Beverly Green filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Superior Court.
The defendants claim the song "Tha Row" from the soundtrack of the film, "Dysfunktional Family," contains graphic lyrics saying Knight was sleeping with Maria Watkins, the wife of rapper Delmar "Daz" Dillinger Arnaud.
The lyrics said Knight fathered her unborn child, a claim which resulted in Arnaud divorcing his wife and insisting on a paternity test, according to the lawsuit.
The lyrics also said Knight was sleeping with Green, a Baptist minister and mother of Snoop Dogg and aunt to Arnaud.
Watkins and Green claim Knight is retaliating against them after Arnaud sued Knight in civil court.
"These plaintiffs are totally innocent victims being tormented as a means to force Daz Dillinger and Snoop Dogg to suffer personal anguish and to take retaliatory action," the lawsuit reads. "This is the same type of feud that led to the Tupac Shakur and Christopher "Biggie Small" Wallace's death."
The lawsuit also names as defendants Knight's record label, Tha Row, music publisher Warner/Chappel Music, Inc., Miramax Films and the songwriters, among others.
The women seek damages for slander and intentional infliction of emotional distress and a temporary restraining order against the defendants, claiming that agents of Knight have threatened them over the telephone.
Knight, the co-founder of the pioneering rap label Death Row Records, is serving a 10-month prison sentence for violating his parole and striking a Hollywood nightclub valet.
A call to Knight's lawyer and publicist after hours Wednesday was not immediately returned.
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