In 2015, Suge Knight was charged with premeditated murder following the hit-and-run death of his friend Terry Carter. Shortly after the tragedy, Carter’s wife and children filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Knight, claiming he was responsible for the death, which occurred after a gang altercation on the set of a promotional shoot for Straight Outta Compton. Knight was accused of running Carter over while he was attempting to flee the scene; however, the family insisted Dr. Dre and Ice Cube were also responsible for the death, as they had reportedly hired known gang members as security for the shoot. But the court wasn’t buying these claims.
According to TMZ, both Dre and Ice Cube were recently dismissed from the wrongful death suit after a judge determined neither men could be held liable for Knight’s recklessness, which led to Carter’s death. The two men had filed a motion in August of last year requesting to be removed from the lawsuit, as they claim to have taken the necessary precautions to have Knight escorted from the set. They also claim there was no way they could have known that the hit-and-run would’ve occurred after.
Their motion stated: “These allegations plainly demonstrate that allowing Suge to remain at the base camp posed a serious risk that Suge could have injured someone at the camp—including Dr. Dre, Bone (Cle "Bone" Sloan, who was also struck by Knight that day) or one of the numerous cast and crew working on the film. Certainly, the risk that Suge might leave the base camp and proceed to his fatal confrontation with Carter was no more foreseeable than the possibility that Suge would injure or kill someone else if he had been permitted to stay."
Knight remains on the lawsuit, and his murder trial is pending.