Suge Knight facing serious health crisis in prison

Suge Knight (Photo Credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.)
Suge Knight (Photo credit: Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.)

Former rap music mogul Suge Knight is facing a serious health crisis while in lockup at the L.A. County Jail. Knight appeared in court yesterday in extreme distress and pain as he was helped to his seat by his legal team. Knight told Judge Ronald Coen that he recently has surgery for a “busted appendix” and that he is still medically fragile. According to Knight, he has an abscess near his colon that will require another surgery or having a central line inserted to deliver antibiotics.

“I’m not good at all … ‘I was in real pain for like three weeks. They finally took me over to the clinic [because] I told the sergeant I can’t stand up or move. …My appendix was busted,” he told the judge.

Knight is fearful of the unsanitary conditions at the jail and the fact that the line could be pulled out in error. The judge, however, seemed unmoved by Knight’s plight and told him to “Take better care of himself” and to start working out in prison.

The embattled Knight was in court to address charges related to a violent encounter that resulted in a felony robbery conviction along with erratic comedian Katt Williams in 2014. It is alleged that Knight and Williams snatched the camera of a female photographer in Los Angeles. Both Knight and Williams have pleaded not guilty to this charge. Knight is currently awaiting trial on separate charge of murder in a hit-and-run case that occurred in 2015.

Because of rules put in place by the Sheriff’s Department, Knight is forbidden to have contact with anyone besides his legal team while incarcerated. This prohibition stopped his 6-year-old son Legend from seeing his father at his most recent court appearance. Judge Coen ordered the young child to stay outside the courtroom.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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