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Judge freezes rap mogul's assets
Marion "Suge" Knight
Knight had surgery to remove the bullet from his leg
Assets belonging to rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight have been frozen by a judge in the US.

In March this year, Knight was ordered to pay $107m (57m) to a woman, Lydia Harris, who claims she helped found his Death Row record label in 1989.

But the woman's husband - an imprisoned drug dealer - claims he is entitled to half and has begun divorce proceedings, prompting Knight's assets to be frozen.

Knight recently had surgery after being shot in the leg at a Miami party.

The party was thrown by hip-hop star Kanye West on 28 August to celebrate the MTV Video Music Awards in the city.

Ruling

Monterey County Superior Court Judge Adrienne M Grover froze Knight's assets the following day.

The decision relates to the ruling in March when a Los Angeles judge ordered Knight and his companies to pay $107m (57m) to Ms Harris.

The judge came to the decision after finding that Knight and his lawyers failed to answer questions and provide information in the case, which never reached trial.

Ms Harris' husband, Michael Harris, who is serving a 28-year prison sentence, claims he put up $1.5m (823,000) from behind bars in 1991 to help start the label.

Settlement

Knight has repeatedly denied the claim, but Mr Harris has argued he is entitled to half of his wife's award.

He filed for divorce in June after learning his wife was in settlement negotiations with Knight, said his lawyer Steven M Goldberg.

Mr Goldberg said Mr Harris sought a divorce to block the alleged settlement.

The judge's decision to add Knight as a party to the divorce blocks him from "disposing or transferring his assets away," the lawyer said.

Calls to Knight's lawyer, Dermot Givens, and Lydia Harris' lawyer, Richard Brover, were not immediately returned.





SEE ALSO:
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