Former rap icon Marion “Suge” Knight and comedian Micah “Katt” Williams were arrested on Wednesday after allegedly stealing a photographer’s camera last month.
The incident took place September 5th outside a studio apartment in Beverly Hills. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office reported one professional female photographer of celebrities being robbed of her camera. Both Suge Knight and Katt Williams were each charged with one count of robbery after the victim identified both celebrities as the culprits who had stolen her property. Beverly Hills Police are still investigating the case.
Knight, 49, carries a prior conviction for assault with a deadly weapon. He could potentially face up to 30 years in prison. Williams, 43, was arrested when he arrived to court for a separate assault case. He faces a maximum sentence of 7 years. Williams’s bail is set at $75,000 while Knight received a $1 million bail.
Knight first became famous when he founded Death Row Records back in 1991. Some of his major signings included Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg. Shakur was shot to death in a car Knight drove after attending a boxing match in Las Vegas in 1996. Shortly after Tupac Shakur’s death, Knight spent several years incarcerated for violating parole on assault and weapons charges. After his prison time, Shakur’s death, and desertions by rap artists Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, the record label went bankrupt in 2006.
This past August, Knight and two other people were shot inside a celebrity-filled Sunset Strip party hosted by singer Chris Brown. Knight, who suffered several gunshot wounds, a 19 year old woman and a 33 year old man survived the altercation.
Chris Brown responded after the incident with a twitter post: “It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes. Miss me with the bulls**t!!!”
Brown is on probation after beating singer and then girlfriend Rihanna before the 2009 Grammys.
Katt Williams began his career as a stand-up comedian in 1999, and became famous for his raucous comedy club performances. Appearances on BET network led to further television success. His HBO special, Katt Williams: Pimp Chronicles Pt. 1, catapulted him into the limelight as a high-profile celebrity in 2006. Movie appearances in films such as Eddie Murphy’s Norbit, as well as voice features in the cartoon series, The Boondocks, highlight Williams’s acting career.