A man is suing actor and rap star Snoop Doggy Dog for using a recorded phone message on a song taunting hip-hop mogul Suge Knight.
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The unidentified man, listed only in the court papers as "John Doe", said he fears for life because of the reputation of Knight as "a burly, convicted felon" with associations with gangs.
The complainant said he left a message for Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, last October offering support in his long-running feud with Knight.
He later learned it had been included on the song Pimp Slapp'd on the album Paid the Cost to be Tha Boss.
He is now suing for common law appropriation of voice and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Knight, who was jailed for breaking his probation following an assault conviction, is credited with making Snoop a star but they have since fallen out and entered into a war of words.
Suge Knight founded Death Row Records
Knight, founder of Death Row Records, is suspected of having links with gangs involved in turf wars in the notorious Compton area of Los Angeles.
He served four years of a nine-year jail sentence for breaking probation for his part in an assault that took place just hours before the fatal shooting of his friend Tupac Shakur in 1996.
And he was back behind bars for two months this year for parole violations.
The lawsuit filed against Snoop Dogg says "Doe" now fears for his life and that of his mother because his "street name" was identified on the record.
He wants the message taken off all albums on sale and all future releases of the track.