Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, at the center of the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” say that they have no liability in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man struck and killed by a truck driven by Suge Knight.
In a filing in Los Angeles Superior Court, the two musicians, whose real names are O’Shea Jackson and Andre Young, are seeking to be dismissed from a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Terry Carter, who died in the Jan. 29 incident.
The family also sued Knight, Universal Pictures and Pretty Bird Pictures, as the incident occurred in Compton after a confrontation near the set of a promotional shoot for the film. Dre and Cube are producers on the movie.
The family contends that the studio, Dre and Cube bear responsibility because there was awareness that Knight was dangerous.
But in their filing, the Dre and Cube say that when Knight showed up at the base camp for the promotional shoot, they requested that Cle “Bone” Sloan, a technical adviser, verbally direct him out of the area. They contend that it was “unforeseeable that Suge would kill Carter. Indeed, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube had no reason to suspect that Suge would even meet with Carter — or anyone else — after Suge left the base camp.”
Knight was reportedly upset over payment for the project, and had sought to confront Dre and Cube. Later, Knight met with Carter at Tam’s Burgers, about three miles away. That is where Sloan appeared, and his confrontation with Knight continued, according to the filing. That is when Knight allegedly slammed down the gas pedal on the truck, striking Carter and Sloan, who survived.
Knight is facing charges of murder, attempted murder and hit and run. His attorneys contend that he was defending himself.
Pretty Bird Pictures is seeking dismissal from the case as well.
“Suge arrived at the base camp bearing a grudge and looking for a confrontation, and Dr. Dre and Ice Cube diffused the situation by requesting Bone to verbally direct Suge away from the base camp,” the filing from Dre and Cube states. “This conduct was prudence, not negligence.”