Hip-hop music mogul Dr. Dre has been recognized worldwide for his work with renowned artists and the records he produced. But his empire is built on another massive brand, and that is the headphone series called Beats by Dre. However, in a recent lawsuit filed by Suge Knight, he claims to have a share in this enterprise, while saying Dre sent a hitman to silence him and thus forfeit his claim.
Suge Knight’s claim hinges on the fact that there was a “lifetime management deal” that Dr. Dre signed. The agreement supposedly had a clause that said 30 percent of Dre’s entertainment earnings belong to Knight. This includes earnings from Beats Electronics. However, when Apple acquired Beats for $3 billion, the company did not want Knight’s name associated with Apple.
As Knight’s lawsuit claims, this led Dr. Dre to send a hitman to assassinate him so that the “problem” could be resolved. All this went down on the 2014 BET awards where Knight was shot seven times.
The lawsuit also claimed that Cle “The Bone” Sloan has been paid $300,000 to attack Knight. This was to be on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton.
There was no official response from Dr. Dre’s side. However, an e-mail to an alleged source said that Dre’s spokespersons hope that Suge Knight’s lawyers have a lot of “malicious prosecution insurance” prepared. They seem to be confident of Dre’s innocence on the matter, considering he never had an interaction with Knight ever since they parted ways back in 1996.
Beats By Dre is produced by Beats Electronics, a company founded by Dr. Dre and is currently its CEO. From its humble beginnings back in 2006, it grew into an enterprise so popular that it eventually caught Apple’s attention. Apple acquired the company in 2014, owing in part to its production of quality headphones.
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