Cops Save "Suge" Knight From Beat Down

By ANDREW GREINER
|  Monday, Feb 16, 2009  |  Updated 10:30 PM PDT
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Suge Knight was the victim of an alleged beat down in Las Vegas, Monday. The word victim is rarely associated with the big-time record producer.

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Marion "Suge" Knight is a big man.  He once played for the Los Angeles Rams.

So it must have been quite a spectacle when police officers had to use Tasers on two guys who were beating him up.  And the fact that "Suge" went to the hospital with broken facial bones leads one to believe that the man who punched him, Robert Carnes Jr., 38, of Bethlehem, Pa., is a titan of some sort.

Scottsdale police arrested two men after the fracas, which occurred at about 3 a.m. Monday at a private party at the W Scottsdale Hotel.

Carnes identified himself as the business manager of hip-hop star Akon, said police spokesman Sgt. Mark Clark. Akon, who was in Phoenix for the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, was not present during the fight, he said.

Officers arrived to see Carnes twice punch the 43-year-old Knight in the face, Clark said. Knight sustained broken facial bones, he said.

Police booked Carnes and a man identified as Thomas Anderson Jr., 33, of California, on suspicion of assault and disorderly conduct.

Knight was co-founder of Death Row Records, a label that featured such gangsta rap artists as Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dog. New York-based Global Music Group Inc. said on June 24 it purchased Death Row for $24 million.

Knight had filed for bankruptcy in April 2006, claiming debts of more than $100 million.

Knight has a history of legal problems. He was convicted of assault in 1992 and placed on probation, then jailed for five years in 1996 for violating that probation.

He was returned to jail in 2003 for again violating parole, this time by punching a parking attendant at a Hollywood nightclub. He was released the next year.

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