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Suge Knight Pleads Not Guilty to Threatening ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight pleaded not guilty Thursday to a grand jury indictment accusing him of threatening death or bodily injury against director F. Gary Gray in 2014.

According to the indictment, obtained by Variety, Gray “was reasonably in sustained fear for his safety and the safety of his immediate family.” Knight was accompanied by members of his family in a Los Angeles courtroom; according to the Los Angeles Times, his son wore a t-shirt that read “Free Suge.”

In January, 2015, Knight was arrested on murder charges for running over Terry Carter while on the film’s Compton set with his car.

According to TMZ, Knight was “extremely unhappy with his portrayal in the movie” and threatened the director by text. The website says Gray was interviewed by Los Angeles police at the Slauson Swap Meet where “Straight Outta Compton” was filming.

It is the latest in a long line of legal problems for Knight, dating back to 1987, when his then-girlfriend filed a restraining order against him and he shot a man in the leg and wrist while attempting to steal his vehicle. The legal troubles continued to pile up since then. In 2014, he was arrested in Las Vegas in connection with an armed robbery, along with comedian Katt Williams. That same year, he was shot at a pre-MTV VMAs party hosted by Chris Brown.

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