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US rap label faces receivership
Marion 'Suge' Knight
Label founder Marion 'Suge' Knight has missed three court hearings
Rap label Death Row Records will go into receivership next week unless its founder appears in court to answer questions on his financial status.

Marion "Suge" Knight has missed three hearings already, having been ordered to pay $107m (61m) to Lydia Harris.

Ms Harris claims she was a co-founder of the label in the early 1990s and was therefore entitled to the money.

A judge will take over Mr Knight's assets if he does not attend the next scheduled interview on 1 April.

Death Row Records helped to launch the careers of rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

Ms Harris was awarded the sum in March 2005, but the case became more complicated when her ex-husband Michael tried to claim half of the total for himself.

He said he had provided some of the capital for the label and argued he was entitled to take half of the $107m as a result.

Assets frozen

In August 2005, Mr Knight's assets were frozen. All of the parties involved have been fighting in court ever since.

"There is no explanation or excuse for [Knight] not coming," said lawyer Steve Goldberg, who represents Michael Harris.

"There are rules of court that should be obeyed and Mr Knight is making a mockery of it."

Suge Knight has served jail time for assault and parole violations and was recently shot in the leg at a hip-hop party.


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