Suge Knight, who has been in jail for months after he was arrested and charged with murder, finally had a bond hearing this morning and the news was not good. The judge agreed with prosecutors and set bail at $25 million. Suge, began to sweat profusely then collapsed, hitting his head on a chair and knocking himself unconscious. He regained consciousness 10 minutes later and was taken to a local hospital. It was also revealed that Suge extorted more than $10 million from rappers.
Former rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight collapsed in a courtroom Friday shortly after a judge ordered him held on $25 million bail in a murder case. Bailiffs cleared the courtroom, paramedics arrived with a stretcher a few minutes later and an ambulance was seen leaving the courthouse. Defense attorney Matthew Fletcher said Knight was unconscious when the lawyer left the courtroom and an update on his condition was not immediately available. Fletcher said his client, who is diabetic and has a blood clot, previously told him that he hadn't received any medication since Thursday. Knight hit his head on a chair when he fell after the bail hearing, Fletcher said. The 6-foot-4-inch tall Knight collapsed while deputies were bringing him back into the courtroom after Fletcher asked a judge to order that Knight be given his medication. The attorney said Knight was being kept in solitary confinement in jail without proper access to medication. "He's being treated worse than Charles Manson," Fletcher said. The collapse marked the fourth time that Knight has been taken by ambulance from a courthouse since he was charged with killing Terry Carter, 55, in early February. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Coen set bail on Friday at $25 million for Knight, who is accused of running down and killing Carter with his truck. Coen made his decision after Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes noted that Knight was on bail in a robbery case when he struck Carter and another man in a parking lot in Compton. "He escalated his behavior and committed murder," Barnes told the judge. Fletcher argued that Knight's bail should be set at $2 million, but Coen said the higher amount was warranted. The attorney said before the hearing that his client likely could not post bail if it was set at $25 million. Knight, the 49-year-old co-founder of Death Row Records, has pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges. Barnes filed a motion Thursday accusing Knight of being part of a scheme that has extorted more than $10 million from up-and-coming and established rappers in recent years. Fletcher countered that prosecutors should file charges involving those extortion claims if they have enough evidence.Poor thing.
Attorney says #Suge Knight collapsed because of stress and because he is not being treated for his diabetes. pic.twitter.com/iTRWY7pbCr
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