Prosecutors want 'Suge' Knight's bail set at $25 million

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Defendant Marion "Suge" Knight attends a hearing with attorney Thomas Mesereau in his murder case in Los Angeles, California in this July 7, 2015, file photo. A judge on October 13, 2015, ordered one time rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and comedian Katt Williams to stand trial on robbery charges in connection with the theft of a camera from a paparazzi photographer in upscale Beverly Hills. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon/Files
Marion Suge Knight (L), with attorney Albert DeBlanc, pleads no contest to voluntary manslaughter in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The plea deal calls for Knight, 53, to serve 28 years in state prison. - Former rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter on Thursday and will serve 28 years in prison for running over and killing a man three years ago. Knight's plea, which was unveiled in a Los Angeles courtroom, came just days before he was to stand trial for the death of 55-year-old Terry Carter, who was run down outside an LA restaurant in 2015 following a dispute over the movie 'Straight Outta Compton.' (Photo by Gary Coronado / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARY CORONADO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Marion 'Suge' Knight exits court after after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in front of Judge Ronald S. Coen at the Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sept. 20, 2018. Knight will serve 28 years in state prison in the 2015 hit-and-run death of a man outside a Compton restaurant after a dispute related to the film Straight Outta Compton. (Photo by Gary Coronado/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Marion Suge Knight (L), with attorney Albert DeBlanc, pleads no contest to voluntary manslaughter in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, September 20, 2018. The plea deal calls for Knight, 53, to serve 28 years in state prison. - Former rap mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter on Thursday and will serve 28 years in prison for running over and killing a man three years ago. Knight's plea, which was unveiled in a Los Angeles courtroom, came just days before he was to stand trial for the death of 55-year-old Terry Carter, who was run down outside an LA restaurant in 2015 following a dispute over the movie 'Straight Outta Compton.' (Photo by Gary Coronado / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read GARY CORONADO/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight appears for a hearing at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Marion 'Suge' Knight and his lawyer David E Kenner, front, attend court at the Criminal Courts Building on March 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images)
COMPTON, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight attends Compton Court House for his bail hearing with his lawyers David Kenner (L) and Brett Greenfield at Compton Courthouse on February 9, 2015 in Compton, California. Knight will remain in jail until his next hearing. Knight is charged with murder and attempted murder after a hit-and-run incident following an argument in a parking lot on January 29. (Photo by Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight appears at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Lawyers representing Marion 'Suge' Knight Brett Greenfield (L) and David E Kenner stand during a court appearance for Marion 'Suge' Knight and Katt Williams at the Airport Branch Courthouse on February 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. Knight was scheduled to be arraigned on felony charges stemming from alleged criminal threats and robbery of a camera from a photographer in September in Beverly Hills. (Photo by Nick Ut-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight (C) escorted by Los Angeles Sheriff Deputies after appearing for a hearing at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight appears at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
COMPTON, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Marion 'Suge' Knight attends Compton Court House for his bail hearing with his lawyers David Kenner (L) and Brett Greenfield at Compton Courthouse on February 9, 2015 in Compton, California. Knight will remain in jail until his next hearing. Knight is charged with murder and attempted murder after a hit-and-run incident following an argument in a parking lot on January 29. (Photo by Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Marion 'Suge' Knight and his lawyer David E Kenner, front, attend court at the Criminal Courts Building on March 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Marion 'Suge' Knight attends court at the Criminal Courts Building on March 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The hearing was scheduled to determine if the two criminal cases against Knight, one for murder and attempted murder when Knight allegedly ran over two men in a Compton parking lot after an argument and another case involving an alleged robbery and criminal threats to a photographer in Beverly Hills, should be moved to the downtown Los Angeles courthouse. (Photo by Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images)
In a brief court appearance Monday Suge Knight said he fired the lawyers handling his murder case. Speaking on his own behalf, he told the judge he's received poor medical treatment while in jail and that he's going blind. His case was transferred to another judge, but Knight had to leave early to receive more treatment. It's the third time he's gone straight from court to the hospital.
#BREAKINGNEWS: Suge Knight interviewed by homicide detectives in Compton fatal hit & run: http://t.co/0MnoV2Hwl7 http://t.co/PIoL4mHuKF
Suge Knight at the Shore Club in Miami, FL (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Felicia Cox, music producer Suge Knight, and actress Betsy Cox attend Posing Heroes, 'A Dog Day Afternoon' Benefiting A Wish For Animals on March 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Music producer Suge Knight attends Posing Heroes, 'A Dog Day Afternoon' Benefiting A Wish For Animals on March 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Bezjian/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: Marion 'Suge' Knight is seen on April 30, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 23: Marion 'Suge' Knight attends the Dylan George and Abbot + Main Spring 2012 Launch and official PROJECT after party at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens on August 23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 03: Suge Knight portraits on May 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - MAY 02: Suge Knight attends TAO Las Vegas Fight After Party at The Venetian Hotel and Casino Resort on May 2, 2009 on May 02, 2009 in Las Vegas (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - FEBRUARY 17: Music producer Suge Knight attends the Belvedere Ultra Lounge Day 4 At Club OPM on February 17, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images for Moet USA)
SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 8: Suge Knight attends a Sacramento Kings game as they take on the Detroit Pistons on November 8, 2006 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - NOVEMBER 8: Music producer Suge Knight watches the Detroit Pistons game against the Sacramento Kings on November 8, 2006 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. The Kings won 99-86. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2006 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Marion 'Suge' Knight and guests (Photo by Craig Durling/WireImage)
Suge Knight during 2005 MTV VMA - Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Party in Association with Hennessy Paradis - Arrivals at Skybar at The Shoreclub in Miami Beach, Florida, United States. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)
Kanye West and Suge Knight (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 28: Music Producer Suge Knight is seen in the audience during the BET Awards 05 at the Kodak Theatre on June 28, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 18: Music Producer Suge Knight (L) speaks at CBS Studios during a taping of 'The Late Late Show' on November 18, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. Suge Knight Gives his take on the incident at this week's Vibe Awards. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 18: Music Producer Suge Knight (L) and guest host D.L.Hughley appear at CBS Studios for a taping of 'The Late Late Show' on November 18, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. Suge Knight Gives his take on the incident at this week's Vibe Awards. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 18: Music producer Suge Knight (L) and guest host D.L.Hughley (R) appear at CBS Studios for a taping of 'The Late Late Show' November 18, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. Suge Knight gave his take on the incident at this week's Vibe Awards. The show will air November 19, 2004. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors on Thursday requested that a judge set bail for Marion "Suge" Knight at $25 million in his murder case and say the former rap music mogul has extorted millions from rappers in recent years.

The motion filed by Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Barnes cites 31 incidents in which Knight is accused of threatening others or using violence since 2004, including threats he made about the upcoming film "Straight Outta Compton."

The motion also says Knight has been involved in money-laundering and extortion schemes targeting up-and-coming as well as established rappers in recent years.

Knight and an associate have been involved in an extortion scheme that has netted more than $10 million, an affidavit filed by a sheriff's detective says. "Apparently when a new artist or rapper comes to either Los Angeles or Las Vegas, he is required to pay a 'tax' to defendant Knight," Barnes' motion states.

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The Death Row Records co-founder is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom on Friday morning for a hearing regarding his bail.

He is being held without bail on murder, attempted murder and hit-and-run charges filed after he struck striking two men, killing one of them, with his truck during a fight in a Compton, California, parking lot in late January.

Knight, 49, has pleaded not guilty.

A phone message for Knight's attorney, Matthew Fletcher, was not immediately returned.

If Knight attempts to post bail, Barnes has requested that he prove the money has not come from illegal activities.

If Los Angeles Superior Court Ronald Coen grants Knight bail, he would either have to post the entire amount in cash or pay a bond company eight percent of the bail amount and they would put up the whole amount, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Lou Shapiro said.

The bond company would keep Knight's money - $2 million if Knight's bail is set at $25 million - as its fee, Shapiro said.

Among the allegations of threats included in the motion is a summary of a heavily-redacted police report taken last year from someone who claims Knight threatened them over "Straight Outta Compton," a film about the rise of the gangster rap group NWA.

"Knight was angry that he was not compensated for his likeness in the movie," Barnes' motion states. It adds that Knight warned the unidentified victim that he was prepared to attack over the film and would target former NWA members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube.

Knight's 1994 conviction on a federal firearms charge and a 1995 conviction on two counts of assault with a firearm that led to a lengthy prison sentence are also cited in the motion to support.

"Since his release from prison custody, defendant Knight has continued his repugnant life of crime," the motion states before listing alleged crimes that include battery, criminal threats, extortion and assault.

According to an affidavit from a sheriff's investigator, Knight is part of an extortion scheme of rappers and professional athletes that is jointly run by the Crips and Bloods street gangs. Knight is a member of the Bloods gang, according to the affidavit signed by Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Biddle.

The manager of an unidentified "well-known" rapper told detectives that Knight and a Crips gang leader wanted $30,000 from the performer every time he came to Los Angeles, Biddle wrote.

Biddle stated detectives began looking into the extortion scheme after Knight was shot six times last year at a West Hollywood, California, nightclub on the weekend of the MTV Video Music Awards.

Knight has complained that he is suffering from complications from his wounds, and he told a judge at a hearing earlier this month that he is blind in one eye and has limited vision in his other eye.

He has been taken by ambulance from a courthouse three times since he was charged with murder. Knight is charged with killing Terry Carter, 55, while fleeing a fight with another man in the parking lot of a Compton, California, burger stand.

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Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

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