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2/21/2006 5:49:29 AM
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Hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight filed a $106 million lawsuit against a drug dealer who he says tried to extort money out of him to get favor with authorities.
The suit alleges fraud, conspiracy and racketeering against Michael Harris. Harris is currently an inmate at San Quentin State Prison, where he is charged for attempted murder and narcotics distribution.
Harris said he gave Knight more than $1.5 million from prison in 1991 to start Death Row Records. Knight denied the claim.
Dermot Givens, Knight's lawyer, said that Harris concocted a plan to "blackmail various entertainment industry entities’’ by threatening lawsuits involving his investments using drug money. ‘‘There was an effort to silence rap music and specifically Suge Knight, who was its icon,’’ Givens told the Associated Press.
Knight's lawsuit says that Harris, his wife and his attorneys David Casselman and Steven Goldberg were all involved in a lawsuit that led to a $107 million judgment against Knight. The plaintiff in the suit settled later for $1 million and rights to use certain Death Row tracks.
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