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Suge Knight's Former Attorneys Were Willing To Reportedly Pay Witness $25,000 To Defend Him

Thaddeus Culpepper and Matthew Fletcher face up to three years in prison. 

Accusations of witness tampering against defense attorneys for Marion "Suge" Knight were just a few factors included in unsealed court documents, with financial bribes to a witness as high as $25,000.

The documents from the January 24 case were revealed to the public on Monday (March 5), the Los Angeles Times reports. Attorney Thaddeus Culpepper and former defense attorney Matthew Fletcher were both charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, conspiracy to commit subornation of perjury, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and serving as accessories.

The charges are connected to Knight's 2015 murder case. The 52-year-old was accused of killing Terry Carter after running him over with a car near the set of the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton. Knight has denied the charges and has continuously claimed his actions were in self-defense after believing there were men out to kill him.

Investigators never found any weapons at the scene, but prosecutors claim Culpepper and Fletcher were willing to pay a witness for saying he saw guns. A police informant approached Knight's attorneys shortly after the late January 2015 incident, telling the lawyers he would be willing to defend Knight for a fee.

The informant also spoke to Knight on more than one occasion. He was later told by Knight to get in contact with his lawyers. The amount reportedly requested or suggested to the informant was $25,000.

"These … got a price; let's get that ... price paid," Fletcher said, according to the transcript. "I told Suge, 'You can always make some more money, you can't make any more freedom though.'"

"And you all went over there and you saw these guns removed from these two people," Fletcher told the informant. "Yes, yes. Fine, dude, you're done. Here's your money." Fletcher also met with the informant face to face to show him surveillance footage of the incident.

The indictment also revealed the informant spoke to Culpepper about receiving funds. "I'll do whatever … but you know what, I'm gonna need a few dollars … maybe later down the line," the informant told Culpepper. "Of course, of course," Culpepper responded.

Culpepper and Fletcher were freed after their indictment and arrest on Monday. Both men have claimed they've done anything wrong. Knight's case has been flooded with headlines unrelated to the actual case and instead masked with accusations of misconduct from both sides.

If found guilty, Culpepper and Fletcher face up to three years and eight months in prison. Their next court date is set for March. 16.

Knight's fiancee, Toi-Lin Kelly, is also facing a three-year jail sentence for witness tampering for allegedly connecting Knight to documentary filmmakers during his time in jail. The three-way calls were in violation of his court order limiting his jail communications.

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The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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