The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton debuted over the weekend and quickly established itself as a box office hit. While Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and the cast and crew of the movie are undoubtedly patting each other on the back for a job well done, two people who are obviously not thrilled with the movie are Suge Knight and his lawyer.
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Thomas Mesereau, a lawyer working for Suge Knight, recently talked to The Wrap and said that his client wouldn’t like the movie because it’s apparently “exaggerated and silly and ridiculous.”
However, the hip-hop mogul won’t be able to see the film as he is currently incarcerated at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in LA for allegedly running over two men on January 29 – killing one and seriously injuring the other – during a promotional shoot for Straight Outta Compton.
Some would say that Marion “Suge” Knight played a crucial part in the splintering of NWA, and while the 50-year-old isn’t a major player in Straight Outta Compton, his presence is undoubtedly felt in the film. The film, which is co-produced by NWA members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, showed Knight as a bodyguard who used a combination of intimidation and violence to break into and establish himself in the music business.
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Several instances of Knight’s alleged violence were portrayed in the film. In one scene, the former college football player beats someone who took his parking space. In another, Knight and his friends look on as a man clad only in his underwear is terrorized by a pit bull.
And in one of the more compelling scenes in Straight Outta Compton, Knight and his bodyguards assault NWA’s leader Eazy-E in order to get Dre out of his contract so he can join Suge Knight.
Mesereau has admitted that he hasn’t seen Straight Outta Compton yet but said that reporters have talked to him about it. The lawyer insists that his client is misunderstood and that there are a lot of people in the media who don’t know the “many good things he did for people, particularly in his community.”
“He financed athletic facilities in schools, he gave money to the homeless, money to people in need,” Mesereau explained. “He tried to arrange truces on the streets so people weren’t killed.”
The lawyer further added that he expected “full exoneration for Suge Knight.”
The case Mesereau is handling and Straight Outta Compton are actually intertwined as Cle “Bone” Sloan, the film’s technical adviser, is one of the two men that Knight attacked and ran over with his pickup truck. The other man was Terry Carter, a Compton businessman who died when Knight struck him while allegedly trying to get away from the scene. Carter was said to be negotiating peace between Suge Knight and rapper-producer Dr. Dre.
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