Should have known better
As if they didn’t have enough problems, Suge Knight’s fiancée is heading to jail after repeatedly violating court orders related to Knight’s murder case.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Douglas Sortino ruled that Toi-Lin Kelly had violated a court order by facilitating phone calls between Suge Knight and documentary producers who are working on a movie about Knight’s Death Row record label.
Kelly was sentenced to three years in prison for violating her probation. That probation came from an earlier plea deal she took to avoid jail time after violating another court order around the case.
Knight is barred from communicating with anyone but his attorneys while he awaits a trial for murder that stemmed from a 2015 incident on the set of Straight Outta Compton. Kelly first landed in hot water for selling surveillance footage of the incident to TMZ for $55,000. A judge had ruled that the footage was not to be made public.
Kelly pleaded no contest and was ordered to pay $55,000 in restitution, perform 100 hours of community service, and serve five years probation in lieu of jail time. However, the judge was not so lenient when Kelly was found to have violated another court order.
The prosecution argued that Knight was getting around his court order by calling the producers from other inmates’ phones. They said that Kelly was putting money into these inmates accounts so that they could allow the former rap mogul to make the phone calls… so it’s not looking good to say the least.
“To me it’s pretty blatant, and frankly, jaw-dropping,” Sortino said, according to the Los Angeles Times
Kelly and her defense team tried to argue that she did not understand the court orders and was being unfairly punished for potential crimes that Knight may have committed.
“I was born at night, but not last night, Mrs. Kelly,” the judge responded. Talk about shade!
Knight is scheduled to go on trial in April but the circus around his case continues. Recently, two producers who were working on the documentary about Death Row were visited by law enforcement officials, who seized one of their phones to find evidence.
“Believing I had no alternative and frightened by the unexpected arrival of two ‘homicide’ officers at my home, early in the morning, I gave them my iPhone and the passcode and showed them it worked,” Producer Nora Donaghy said, according to The Blast. “Some of this information is highly sensitive and if revealed or leaked, could bring grave harm to some of my sources and contacts. I consider the information on my cell phone to be confidential and private.”
It’s no wonder that the producers wanted to talk to Suge. Beyond being the principal figure in the history of the label, Knight is an endlessly fascinating archetypal bad guy. He’s a menace, and he’s known for his violent antics as much as his businesses. That will make for great television.
On top of that, he always says the wildest stuff when people sit him down to interview. Just a few months ago he revealed to Soledad O’Brien that he believes Tupac is still alive.
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