Suge Knight was lured into a trip to a Compton set that turned fatal, and the mission was to broker a peace accord between Suge and longtime rival Dr. Dre ... this according to sources connected to Suge.
Shortly before the collision, Suge had gone to another location where the commercial for "Straight Outta Compton" was being shot and got into a physical push and shove with Dr. Dre's security. Some off-duty officers saw the altercation and ordered Suge to leave.
Our Suge sources say a short time later Terry Carter called Suge and said he had contacted Dre and was told to bring Suge by the next location where they could work out their problems. Suge says he took Carter up on the offer, believing it would be a peaceful meeting, but when he arrived he got jumped before he even got out of his truck.
As we first reported ... it all ended with Suge running over Terry's head, killing him. Suge is now in a downtown L.A. jail after being arrested for murder. His bail is set at $2 million.
As you probably know, Dre and Suge owned Death Row Records but their partnership blew apart and Dre left the business and went to Interscope.
Suge's people say they can easily prove Terry called Suge but obviously there's only one person now who can recount the conversation.
Arrested for Murder
In Hit and Run
1/29/2015 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
4:15 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... after interviewing Suge Knight, cops have formally arrested him on murder charges, and his bail has been set at $2 million.
We're told one of the critical factors is that witnesses claim Suge threw his car in reverse once, and then a second time ... and they believe he intended to hit one of the people with whom he was fighting.
3:00 AM PT -- Suge has turned himself in for questioning and is at the station now being interviewed. One of Suge's problems ... witnesses tell us one of the 3 men who were struck by Suge's vehicle was in the altercation with him before Suge ran him over ... which could be evidence it was intentional.
9:30 PM PT -- Cops found Suge's truck abandoned in a parking lot in the Westwood section of L.A.
8:15 PM PT -- Cops just had a press conference ... and say there were 2 fights, the second resulting in the fatality. They said the first fight went down on the movie set -- and the second at a nearby burger joint. Cops said witnesses claim the car backed up and ran over the victim twice before fleeing.
6:00 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... the Sheriff's Dept. has issued a bulletin to all Southern California law enforcement saying "be on the lookout" for Suge Knight ... that he is wanted for questioning for 187 -- murder. They also say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Suge Knight got into a fight on the set of a film project in Compton, ran over a man who later died, and then fled the scene.
Multiple witnesses tell us a commercial shoot for a movie -- involving Ice Cube and Dr. Dre -- was going down when Suge pulled up in his car. We're told security told Suge to leave and that's when trouble began.
A fight broke out between Suge and 2 men. Suge got back into his car, took the wheel and threw the vehicle in reverse ... and ran over a man who suffered fatal injuries.
It's unclear at this point if the victim was connected to the movie. A source close to Cube tells us production had wrapped when the fight went down ... and he and Dre were not on set.
Sources connected with Suge tell TMZ ... the 2 men who fought Suge were the instigators. Our sources say Suge was scared because he's in frail health -- in addition to being shot 6 times last summer, he recently almost died from a blood clot.
The victim is Terry Carter, who we're told is a friend of Suge's who arrived with him at the scene -- he works at a local tow truck company in Compton -- and witnesses say he's "an OG in the neighborhood."
Our sources say Carter was in the process of walking to the passenger door of Suge's vehicle, but happened to be in the rear when Suge gunned it.
Two other men were also hit ... including Cle "Bone" Sloan -- who's appeared in "Training Day" and "End of Watch" -- and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both men are in the hospital.
Legendary Rap Mogul Charged with Murder
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Victim's Relative Says
IT WAS MURDER
1/30/2015 10:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight murdered his friend ... and that's not just what cops are saying -- this is right from the victim's family.
A close family member of Terry Carter -- who did not want to be ID'd -- tells TMZ, she went to the scene almost immediately after the incident and multiple witnesses made it clear ... Suge made Terry a sacrificial lamb.
She was told the story we broke ... that Suge was an unwelcome visitor to the set of a commercial for "Straight Outta Compton." Both witnesses and detectives told her Suge and Cle "Bone" Sloan got in a physical fight while Suge was sitting in the driver's seat. Suge gunned it and struck Bone.
This is where the relative says it's murder. Bone was laying injured behind the truck and Terry ran over to pull him to safety. The relative tells TMZ Suge KNEW Terry was there but was so determined to kill Bone he just didn't care, and gunned it in reverse, rolling over Terry's head.
We asked her if she could accept Suge's explanation that it was an accident, and she said flatly, "Hell no. It was murder."
Iggy Azalea Needs to Shut Up ...
Be More Like Tom Brady
1/30/2015 7:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
T.I.'s grand scheme for Iggy Azalea? Stop tweeting and stick to what she does best ... making music for his record label.
We caught up with Iggy's mentor outside Crustacean in Bev Hills ... and asked how she should handle all of her social media beefs with the likes of Azalea Banks, Snoop Dogg, and now shoe mogul Steve Madden.
The Madden feud heated up this week when she got pissed about modeling pics he released -- and T.I. didn't hesitate to tell us ... Iggy's going about this all wrong.
Watch -- Iggy's boss chews her out in this video, and offers some Deflate-Gate-related advice.
Ding ding ... school's in session.
Why He Was Arrested for Murder
1/30/2015 6:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Law enforcement does NOT believe Suge Knight intended to run over and kill his friend Thursday, but they DO believe he tried to run over another guy and that's enough to charge him with murder.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... they have interviewed multiple witnesses who say the man Suge seemed to be after was Cle "Bone" Sloan, an actor who has appeared in "Training Day" and "End of Watch."
Suge and Bone were in a physical altercation before he threw his truck in reverse. Witnesses say Suge gunned the car in reverse twice, as if to make sure he hit his target.
The man who died, Terry Carter, was a passenger in the truck when they arrived. He's a good friend of Suge's who was apparently dealing with Bone behind the truck when Suge gunned it.
Even though Suge clearly did not intend to kill Carter, in California and most states, if someone in the process of committing a felony accidentally kills someone in the process ... he can be charged with murder.
Short story ... if Suge was gunning for Bone, that would constitute a felony -- assault with a deadly weapon -- therefore, he could be charged with "felony murder" even though his good friend -- and not Bone -- was killed.
Super Bowl XLIX
Horny Fans Burning Up Tinder
1/30/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
There will be tons of scoring OFF the football field in Arizona this weekend ... cause TMZ Sports has learned that the dating app Tinder is BLOWING UP with randy pigskin fans looking for some tight ends.
We spoke to our Tinder sources (we have them) and they tell us ... since Wednesday activity in the Phoenix area -- where the game is being played -- has "tremendously spiked."
We're also told ... with 300,000 people expected for the big game some type of upswing is normal -- with other sporting events like the World Cup and Olympics (hello Olympic village) seeing the same thing -- but they can't explain why usage shot up so far ahead of the big event this time.
We might have an idea ...
Tiger Woods happens to be playing in the Phoenix Open this week. #JustAThought.
I'll Do an 'Eastbound and Down' Movie IF ....
1/30/2015 6:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Danny McBride says we haven't seen the last of Kenny Powers ... but don't hold your breath.
McBride was on his way out of LAX when we asked about rumors of an "Eastbound and Down" movie ... he left the door open with a sad scenario.
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Two Piece On the Button
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The rumors are true ... Taylor Swift has a belly button and it's fantastic -- while you're more likely to see a white tiger than Swifty's middle ... miracles DO happen.
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Off the Hook
For Alleged GF Assault
1/30/2015 7:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
George Zimmerman will not be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend ... now that she's totally changed her story and refusing to cooperate with authorities.
As we previously reported ... Zimmerman was arrested in Florida earlier this month after the woman told police he had thrown a wine bottle at her during an argument in his house.
Prosecutors announced Friday they were dropping the case against Zimmerman because the now ex-gf is denying there was a bottle thrown -- and says she was never in fear for her life. She also doesn't want to proceed with the case ... according to the State Attorney.
Without an eyewitness to back up the woman's initial claims ... prosecutors decided to cut bait.
He Feared for His Life ...
1/30/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight's lawyer tells TMZ he's confident murder charges will not be filed because his client has a solid defense ... mortal fear.
James Blatt was leaving the West Hollywood Sheriff's substation early Friday -- and leaving his client behind because he had just been arrested on murder charges -- when he told our photog Suge feared for his safety because he was being beaten by multiple guys as he sat inside his vehicle.
Blatt said Suge backed up out of fear. He did not explain witness accounts that he gunned it in reverse twice, striking 3 men ... killing one.
Blatt says he's confident the case will go away by early next week.
Stolen Bev Hills Pooch
Hilary Duff & Celeb Posse Scour City
1/30/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Hollywood's all about who you know ... even for dogs, because Hilary Duff, Lance Bass, George Lopez and others are tearing up the town to find a Beverly Hills icon -- who happens to have 4 legs.
Owner Julia Cohen says her pooch -- Charlie -- was stolen Wednesday, and when the news hit social media ... stars like Duff spent all night driving around on the hunt. Others like Lea Michele searched on foot.
Julia says her little guy's a fixture outside Switch -- her popular BH boutique -- and security footage shows he was stolen by a pregnant woman.
The reward for Charlie is currently $5,000 and growing. If you have info. on him please contact Switch at (310) 860-1650.
Droppin' Epic Bachelor Pad
1/30/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Scooter Braun kissed bachelorhood goodbye last year ... and now he's ready to cash out on his ultimate bachelor pad to the tune of nearly $12 million.
Braun's 5,300 sq. ft. former man palace is cavernous ... no doubt Justin Bieber crashed more than once in the 4-bed, 5-bath digs Scooter bought in 2011 for $5.7 million.
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