A Los Angeles judge denied Suge Knight the right to know the identities of several key witnesses during a hearing on Friday, July 22, citing the rap mogul’s long history of violence.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen came to his decision after meeting with a prosecutor and a detective, Billboard reports. According to the site, prosecutors noted that Knight, 51, had a history of intimidating witnesses.
In response, Knight’s lawyers argued that the prosecutors gave up their right to withhold witness information after they allegedly shared court documents with a man believed to be a jailhouse informant.
“[Cle] Bone [Sloan] already testified and he’s fine, right?” she said. “There are not reports of him being threatened or even contacted.”
Knight, the cofounder of Death Row Records, is currently in prison for running over and killing his friend Terry Carter in January 2015. Sloan was also hit in the incident, but was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
In court on Friday, the iconic producer got emotional as he addressed Judge Coen directly.
“My time is ticking some days because of the health problems I have, and right now I’m not getting a fair chance to prove my innocence,” he said, according to the Daily News. “If I don’t have the right to discuss my business or my own finances to take care of my own children, how do I have a right to defend myself?”
“I hate to have to go through all this and die in jail,” he told the judge, getting emotional.
“I don’t want you to die,” Judge Coen told Knight.
The Daily News reports that the rap mogul snapped at his lawyers in court and could be heard raising his voice in a holding area during a break.