Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP have filed a lawsuit on Suge Knight’s behalf against Chris Brown, Pia Mia Perez, and West Hollywood’s 1 OAK nightclub after a 2014 shooting that left Knight injured. The incident, which took place in the early morning hours of August 24, 2014, left Knight with seven gunshot wounds. The lawsuit calls for unspecified damages for past and future medical care for Knight’s extensive injuries.
According to Jeremy Lessem and J. Tooson of Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP and Antoine D. Williams, of Los Angeles law firm the Law Offices of A.D. Williams, Brown and Perez were hosting a party at the nightclub the evening before the shooting. As hosts, both singers and the venue itself were responsible for the safety of its guests by providing adequate security checkpoints and night-long security to ensure that no one would be allowed into the party with a weapon. Their failure to do so resulted in Knight being shot seven times moments after meeting Chris Brown.
Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP is also representing Knight in his murder trial, in which he faces up to life in prison for a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred in Compton in 2015. At the time of the accident, Knight had been surrounded by armed gang members and seconds later was attacked. According to Attorney J. Tooson, “Mr. Knight was still extremely mentally and physically frail from his gunshot injuries less than five months earlier. When the facts are finally revealed in this case, we’re certain it will be apparent that our client was simply trying to flee for his life. At no time was Knight trying to injure someone, let alone kill someone.” Knights legal team is confident that he will be acquitted of these charges.
Tooson also notes that the catalyst in this attack, Cle “Bone” Sloan, a documented gang member, remains free while his client remains in prison with a $10 million bail. Knight’s pretrial hearing will take place in the L.A. Superior Court and is scheduled for July 6, 2016. The civil lawsuit against the night club, Pia Mia Perez, and Chris Brown will move forward in January of next year.