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Suge Knight Charged: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

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By Kamika Dunlap on May 25, 2010 1:45 PM

Hip-hop mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has had another run-in with the law. He was arrested by the Los Angeles police and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

The co-founder of Death Row Records, Suge Knight was stopped by California Highway Patrol officers while driving a white Cadillac Escalade, Los Angeles Times reports.

Officials said Knight was arrested for a brandishing a weapon at a man in South Los Angeles and investigators were looking for him after the man accused him of robbery. In addition, Suge was involved in an alleged altercation.

The 45-year-old convicted felon was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and held on a warrant alleging he drove with a suspended license.

In general, all jurisdictions punish such aggravated assaults as assault with intent to murder (or rob, or kill, or rape) and assault with a dangerous (or deadly) weapon more severely than "simple" assaults.

As previously discussed, Suge Knight has had many legal woes including his recent lawsuit against Grammy Award-winning rapper Kanye West and the Shore Club in Miami.

Ironically, the ex-rap music mogul is suing Miami's trendy Shore Club and West for failing to provide security necessary to keep out people with weapons.

Knight was shot in the leg in August 2005, at the Shore Club where West was hosting a party before the MTV Music Awards, held that year in Miami.

The lawsuit filed claims negligence, personal injury and failure to protect the rap mogul from the shooter.

Knight is reportedly millions of dollars in debt and filed for bankruptcy back in 2006. Since then, the rap boss has remained financially strapped, as previously discussed.

In addition, Knight faces liability for millions of dollars in tax liens and other legal judgments.