Dr Dre and Ice Cube have requested to be removed from civil lawsuit hat stemmed from the incident when one time Deathrow Records boss Suge Knight drove a vehicle into two men, killing one of them in January. Knight is also facing criminal charges in relation to the incident. It’s claimed he deliberately drove his pickup truck into Cle Sloan and Terry Carter, killing the latter, after an altercation outside a burger bar in LA. In the civil action filed by Carter’s widow, it is stated that the altercation began on a nearby film set where a commercial for the new NWA biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’ was being filmed. Carter’s filing says that Sloan had been hired to recruit local gang members to participate in the film shoot, as extras and security. Both Dre and Cube were present at the filming, which caused problems when Knight (who has long feuded with Dre) also showed up, seemingly to berate those working on the movie over his portrayal in the biopic. Dre then seemingly requested that Sloan remove Knight from the site, which resulted in a fracas that then continued a few miles away outside that burger bar. It is thought Carter had accompanied Sloan to play peacemaker.
The lawsuit claims that the film’s makers, and Dre and Cube individually, should take responsibility for the resulting incident, and therefore Carter’s death, because had they not insisted Sloan remove Knight from the shoot the resulting altercation would not have taken place. Dre and Cube’s now say they could not have been expected to foresee that their request that Knight be removed from the set would “create undue risks for anyone, let alone Carter”. Indeed, the purpose of the request was to prevent more foreseeable conflict at the film shoot itself.