Dr. Dre and Ice Cube have recently filed a motion requesting to be removed from a lawsuit that stems from the hit-and-run death of a Compton man named Terry Carter. Carter was killed in January by infamous rap businessman Suge Knight. Carter’s widow Lilian stated that the rappers should be held accountable for her late husband’s death in a lawsuit originally filed in June.
Reportedly, Suge went to the filming of a Straight Outta Compton commercial because he was unhappy on how he was portrayed in the film. Soon after his appearance, a man named Cle “Bone” Sloan (who was hired by Universal and Pretty Bird Pictures to recruit gang members as extras) told him he needed to leave the premises, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Suge and Sloan subsequently got into an altercation three miles away at a burger spot—where Suge attempted to run over Sloan but instead hit and killed Carter. The lawsuits states that those who were involved in the film should be held liable for not providing a safe environment and that Cube and Dre were responsible for Sloan’s behavior.
But in the demurrer the rappers filed last week they denied any wrongdoing. The only thing they admit to doing is requesting Sloan to direct Knight out of the set. In relation to this, they say, “did not create undue risks for anyone, let alone Carter.” They also said they do not owe anything to Carter, and also speculated what could have happened if Suge was allowed in the set, also noting that Carter’s death was not something that was foreseeable.
Their motion states: “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 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.”
Further details for this case are still pending.