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Prosecutors are making the blockbuster claim Suge Knight tried to buy witnesses in his murder case — but one of the rap mogul's lawyers denied the theory Thursday.
"I've never paid anyone, period, end of story," lawyer Matt Fletcher told the Daily News.
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"As far as I know, (witnesses) haven't been paid by anyone," he said. "I don't believe Suge Knight has the money to pay anyone."
The Los Angeles District Attorney filed paperwork Wednesday claiming they have a recorded jail call in which Knight and Fletcher discussed paying large sums to witnesses who would say Knight was the victim of an armed assault before he hit two men with his Ford Raptor truck outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015, killing local businessman Terry Carter.
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"That's a fair motherf---ing investment, you know, 20, 25 thousand dollars to pay to these motherf---ers to get home?" Fletcher allegedly said during the call on March 16, 2015, according to the DA paperwork obtained by The News.
Fletcher claimed to The News he wasn't referring to witnesses but to members of a biker group who supposedly had cellphone video related to the parking lot confrontation.
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"We were sending people out to try to find versions of the videotape," Fletcher told The News.
"It would be a wonderful investment. TMZ would pay them. Radar would pay them," he said, suggesting the five-figure payments would actually come from media outlets.
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"They're taking it out of context," he said of the jail call excerpt included in the DA's filing.
Prosecutors are asking for an "inquiry" into Fletcher, calling it a precautionary measure to sidestep the possibility Knight, 52, might claim in a future appeal that the lawyer acted inappropriately.
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They claim Fletcher and Knight also worked together to violate a court order and sell the main surveillance video of the incident, shot by the restaurant's...
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