Suge Knight Files Lawsuit Against Michael ‘Harry-O’ Harris

Marion "Suge" Knight and Death Row Records have filed a $106 million dollar lawsuit against Michael "Harry-O" Harris and others in Los Angeles Federal Court.

Harris and Wasserman

Comden Cassleman and Pearson LLP are named in the lawsuit, which claims Harris,

who is serving a 28-year-sentence in a California State prison for attempted

murder and drug dealing, attempted to blackmail people and businesses in the

music industry, by threatening to allege that proceeds from his drug enterprise

were invested in legitimate businesses.

In 1997, Harris

told the Los Angeles Times that he struck a deal with Knight to fund Death Row

Records. Harris said he helped create Death Row along with Suge Knight and his

lawyer David Kenner, but was excluded from his due share of profits from the

label’s releases.

According to Harris,

the two sealed the deal from Harris’ prison cell, where he agreed to invest

$1.5 million dollars to form a company with Knight, which was to release Andre

"Dr. Dre" Young’s classic album, The Chronic.

He told the paper

he spoke to Knight often while Dr. Dre Young was recording The Chronic

in late 1991. According to prison records, Knight visited Harris over two dozen

times over the next 18 months.

Harris says Knight

and Young struck a deal with Interscope records and released The Chronic

in 1992, which sold over 3 million copies and won two Grammy Awards.

Knight has denied

Harris’ stories consistently for almost 10 years.

"You have

to realize what kind of guy this is…Michael Harris makes things up to try

to get out of jail," Knight wrote in a letter to the Times in 1997.

Harris responded

to Knights claims, stating: "I am not a rat. If I was a rat, I could have

been home free 10 years ago."

Harris is known

for his investments in legitimate entertainment ventures, most notably as the

producer of Denzel Washington’s 1987 Broadway play debut, Checkmates.

The DEA convicted

Harris of running an international drug operation that helped link Los Angeles

street gangs to a Columbian cocaine cartel as well as the kidnapping and attempted

murder of a member of his organization.

He was sentenced

to 28 years in prison.

Harry O’s wife

Lydia Harris filed a lawsuit against Knight and in March of 2005, Knight was

ordered to pay Mrs. Harris $106 million dollars.

Mrs. Harris was

awarded the judgment because Knight failed to respond to legal inquires about

the case and missed various court dates.

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