UPDATE: Suge Knight and Katt Williams both pleaded not guilty to robbery, according to the Associated Press. Knight’s attorney has said the hip-hop mogul did not steal a camera from photographer Leslie Redden, though Redden alleges that there was a physical altercation between her and Knight.
Embattled hip-hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight and actor-comedian Katt Williams have been served with a lawsuit alleging the pair threatened and assaulted photographer Leslie Redden outside of FilmOne Studios in Beverly Hills on Sept. 5, 2014.
According to the suit (via The Hollywood Reporter) Knight accused Redden of taking photos of him and his son after exiting through the back door of FilmOne. He then “quickly and angrily” advanced toward Redden, repeatedly calling her a “bitch” and stating he had a “bitch to come beat your motherfucking ass,” according to the complaint. He then lifted his shirt to expose his waistband to Redden.
The suit continues that Redden, who claims she was not taking Knight’s photo at the time, began to flee the premises, only to then be confronted by Williams and a woman believed to be the comedian’s girlfriend. Redden alleges that the woman knocked her to the ground, after which Williams stood over her and yelled at her to delete the supposed photos of Knight. The comedian then forcibly took her camera.
Redden claims she sustained “severe injuries to her neck, back, fingers, wrist, and other parts of her body,” and that the incident caused her “great emotional pain and suffering as well as probable neurological and cognitive problems.”
Knight and Williams were first arrested last October on “suspicion of stealing a camera from a female photographer” and each charged with one count of robbery.
This latest lawsuit follows Thursday’s filing of a wrongful death suit by Lilian Carter, the widow of the man killed after Knight ran over him in his pickup truck on January 29. The suit names Knight, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and others involved in the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton as defendants.
While only Knight has been charged with a crime in the case — he faces life in prison if convicted of murder — Lilian Carter accused Universal Studios of being negligent on several fronts that supposedly led to the incident.
Knight is currently scheduled to stand trial on charges of murder, attempted murder and a hit-and-run; he is being held on a $25 million bail.