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4/2/2006 7:01:09 PM
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Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight failed to appear at a court-ordered debtor hearing Saturday, triggering legal actions that a judge had warned would place his Death Row Records in receivership.
In addition, lawyers suing him in a Los Angeles Superior Court plan to ask that he be held in contempt and jailed until he participates in the debtor hearing that requires him to disclose all of his assets.
At issue is an unpaid judgment against Knight for $107 million that was awarded to Lydia Harris, the former Knight associate who claimed she helped start the rap record empire with her former husband, Michael Harris.
Harris, an imprisoned drug dealer serving a 28-year sentence at San Quentin Prison, is claiming half of the $107 million as community property in their divorce.
Harris also claims he put up $1.5 million from behind bars to help start the record label, a contention Knight has repeatedly denied.
"We're not surprised that Suge Knight continued his evasive tactics today," said attorney Steve Goldberg, who represents Harris. "But this time it's not going to work.
Knight has failed to attend a number of hearings in the case. His lawyer notified opposing counsel Friday that Knight would not appear at the session scheduled for Saturday at a private law office. He gave no reason.
Superior Court Judge Ronald Sohegian issued an order last week appointing a receiver to take over Death Row Records. But he stayed the order pending Knight's appearance at Saturday's hearing.
"He's had his last chance as far as we're concerned," Goldberg said.
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