Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Universal were triumphant in their appeal of a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of Terry Carter.
Carter was killed in 2015 when Suge Knight ran him over with a truck during the production of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.
In their suit, the Carter family accused Dre and Cube of negligence, claiming they hired gang members to work security on the set of the N.W.A. biopic.
However, in October 2016, a judge ruled that their names be removed from the suit.
On Wednesday, a judge rejected the bid to revive the wrongful death suit.
The California appeals court agrees with the trial judge in seeing a lack of foreseeability.
Even accepting the allegation that Sloan and Knight had violent tendencies toward each other, the opinion states “it still is not enough to permit a judgment that it would be foreseeable that a third party like Knight would harm a mediator at a meeting — particularly one [like Carter] who was, as plaintiffs allege, ‘well-respected’ by the third party.”
The appeals court judge later adds, “Indeed, on the facts alleged in the operative complaint, there is good reason to conclude any alleged confrontation between Sloan and Knight at Tam’s Burgers with Carter present would be non-violent. The earlier interaction between Sloan and Knight at base camp was, by plaintiffs’ own admission, non- violent, and plaintiffs make no allegation that Knight or Sloan made any threats of future harm or violence during their base camp exchange of words — nor that defendants ever directed Sloan to confront Knight in a violent manner.”
Despite Knight’s history of violence, the appeals court also doesn’t see any “prior similar incidents to warrant additional security for the meeting between Sloan and Knight” no any voluntary assumption of a duty to protect Carter.
I totally understand the family wants justice and closure for what happened to Terry, but it’s Suge Knight that they need to go after.
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