Suge knight’s lawyer calls ‘straight outta compton’ ‘exaggerated and silly’
Since he’s been in jail for the majority of 2015, Suge Knight hasn’t seen “Straight Outta Compton.” The N.W.A biopic, which was released over the weekend, depicts the former music mogul and his relationship with Dr. Dre and the rest of the group — but his lawyer is certain he wouldn’t enjoy the film.
“I’m sure he wouldn’t like it because a lot of it is exaggerated and silly and ridiculous,” Thomas Mesereau, told The Wrap.
In the movie, which raked in an R-rated box-office record of $60 million in its opening weekend, Knight plays a somewhat significant role. He shows up early on, as the group is beginning to gain popularity, and forms an early relationship with its members.
Later, when Dre wants out of his contract with Ruthless Records, Suge beats up Eazy-E until he agrees to release him. Then, when Dre eventually wants out of the contract he subsequently entered with Suge, there’s no violence — but his intimidation tactics are apparent.
“A lot of the media does not realize how many good things he did for people, particularly in his community,” Mesereau added. “He financed athletic facilities in schools, he gave money to the homeless, money to people in need. He tried to arrange truces on the streets so people weren’t killed. He funded funerals for families who were devastated by violence. He used to give a dinner every year for single moms in Compton to recognize their courage and their achievement. He’s a good person, and this will come out in due time.
“Unlike many other people who succeeded in the rap business, he never abandoned his community.”
The 50-year-old has been behind bars since his arrest in late January for his alleged role in a hit-and-run, which occurred on the set of a promo shoot for the film and left one man badly injured and another dead. He’s facing life in prison if convicted on the murder charge.