Rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight paid JIMMY JONES JOHNSON $5,000 (GBP2,630)
to assault rapper Dr Dre at the VIBE AWARDS November (04) - according to the
Johnson has told police Knight hired him to harm and embarrass his former
Death Row Records partner Dre - who has a restraining order against the hip-hop
boss - as he accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award at the Santa Monica,
Knight's lawyer has blasted the claims, stating "there is absolutely no
truth to it. I am so confident that there is no issue".
With a criminal record filled with past felonies, Johnson - who was
allegedly stabbed after he punched Dr Dre - is facing life imprisonment,
reports website ALLHIPHOP.COM.
Meanwhile, rapper Young Buck pleaded not guilty on Friday (14JAN05) to
charges he assaulted Johnson with a knife at the event.