Marion ‘Suge’ Knight arrested after traffic stop near Beverly Hills

Suge Knight at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.
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Former rap impresario Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested by Los Angeles police Wednesday morning after being pulled over for a traffic violation, officials said.

The former head of Death Row Records was pulled over about 12:30 a.m. near Beverly Hills, said LAPD officer Drake Madison. He declined to say what the alleged traffic violation was.

A records check showed Knight was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant and police took him into custody. He was booked into county jail and released before 4 a.m. on $20,000 bail, records show.

A warrant was issued for Knight’s arrest in February after he skipped a Beverly Hills court appearance for driving without a license.


He was sentenced in 2011 to three years of probation for driving without a license, stemming from a Feb. 15 arrest that year.

Knight has had a history of run-ins with the law. He was sentenced in 1997 to nine years in prison for violating terms of probation from an earlier assault case.

He was released from prison in 2001 after serving less than five years but was sent back to jail in 2003 for violating parole when he hit a parking lot attendant.

Knight filed for bankruptcy in 2006, citing civil litigation against him. The following year, his Malibu mansion was put up for sale.

He was arrested in August 2008 in Las Vegas on suspicion of drug possession and aggravated assault.

In February 2009, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery. His plea allowed the dismissal of two felony drug charges and one felony coercion charge stemming from the 2008 incident.


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