Suge Knight is one of the characters depicted in the N.W.A film Straight Outta Compton, which opened Friday (August 14) and brought in more than $60 million at the box office its opening weekend.
“I’m sure he wouldn’t like it because a lot of it is exaggerated and silly and ridiculous,” Suge Knight‘s lawyer, Tom Mesereau, tells TheWrap.
In the movie, the former CEO of Death Row Records, played by R. Marcos Taylor, is shown assaulting a man because he took his parking space and also having his crew attack Eazy-E for not releasing Dr. Dre from his Ruthless Records contract, among other violent acts.
Mesereau says he hasn’t seen the movie, but has been told of his client’s depiction in the film. The lawyer says that Knight’s contributions to the city of Compton, California have been overlooked in exchange for this vicious image.
“A lot of the media does not realize how many good things he did for people, particularly in his community,” Mesereau says. “He financed athletic facilities in schools. He gave money to the homeless, money to people in need. He tried to arrange truces on the streets so people weren’t killed….He funded funerals for families who were devastated by violence. He used to give a dinner every year for single moms in Compton to recognize their courage and their achievement. He’s a good person, and this will come out in due time.”
Mesereau says that the January hit-and-run near the set of the film, which left Terry Carter dead and Cle “Bone” Sloan severely injured, is also misunderstood and believes Knight will be freed.
“The only comment I have on these facts was that he was ambushed, he was defending himself at all times and he will be vindicated,” Mesereau says.
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