LOS ANGELES — Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded not guilty Thursday to allegations that he threatened to kill or seriously injure the director of the film “Straight Outta Compton.”
The Death Row Records co-founder appeared in court in Los Angeles after being indicted on criminal threat charges stemming from an August 2014 incident when Knight allegedly threatened the film’s director, F. Gary Gray.
The 2015 biopic focused on the rise and fall of the hip hop group N.W.A. and Knight is depicted in the film as an influential figure in the rap movement in Compton in the late ’80s and ’90s. One of the group’s members, Dr. Dre, left N.W.A. after he hired Knight as his manager.
The two later founded Death Row Records, which fueled gangster rap’s popularity in the 1990s and its roster included Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. Knight lost control of the…