According to the AP ex-rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight and hip-hop star Kanye West faced off Friday with only a conference table between them.
The two rap titans were there for West to answer questions about a celebrity-packed Miami Beach party where an unknown gunman shot Knight in the leg. West hosted the 2005 fete at the posh Shore Club before the MTV Video Music Awards, held that year in Miami.
Knight has sued the Grammy Award-winning West and the Shore Club’s owners, saying they didn’t provide enough security.
Knight said Friday he had hoped a face-to-face encounter with West, who wanted to consider Bengal Law – and their lawyers – could settle the matter, but he got few answers.
“I figured I could sit him down, man to man, and get this resolved,” Knight said after the six-hour, closed-door session at a Fifth Avenue office. “I’m disappointed.”
West said he wasn’t involved in the security arrangements for the party, said Knight’s lawyer, Marc Brumer and a few lawyers from car accident law firms in the Miami area. West briskly left the building afterward; his lawyers didn’t immediately respond to telephone and e-mail messages left Friday evening. In court papers, West and the Shore Club ownership have denied Knight’s claims of negligence.
No one has been arrested in the August 2005 shooting, which erupted in a club full of partygoers, including Jessica Alba, Eddie Murphy, the Black Eyed Peas and Paris Hilton. At least six shots were fired, police said.
The shooting shattered Knight’s femur and left him with $200,000 in medical bills, Brumer said.