Suge Knight Facing Felony Drug, Misdemeanor Battery Charges

Charges stem from August incident involving Death Row co-founder's girlfriend.

This has not been Marion “Suge” Knight’s year. First he lost his label, Death Row Records, in a bankruptcy auction. Then he sued Kanye West over a diamond earring lost at the rapper’s 2005 pre-VMA party. And late Friday, the Clark County, Nevada, district attorney’s office decided to file two felony drug charges and one misdemeanor battery charge against Knight.

The charges stem from an incident in which police allege that they witnessed Knight beating his girlfriend while holding a knife over her in a parking lot near the Las Vegas Strip on August 27. The drug charges are related to Knight’s alleged possession of ecstasy and hydrocodone on the night of the incident.

According to TMZ, Knight is alleged to have punched his girlfriend of three years, Melissa Isaac, in the back of the head while they were driving around the city. She then reportedly grabbed the wheel of the vehicle and forced it into a curb. As she ran from the car, Knight gave chase. Police arrived as Knight was allegedly running after Isaac, and they told TMZ they witnessed the former UNLV defensive end kick Isaac in the head.

The Associated Press reports that Isaac — whom police allegedly found naked by the side of the road during the incident, according to a previous TMZ report — was not stabbed, but was treated at a local hospital for unspecified injuries. Knight was released on $19,000 bail after his arrest.

A spokesperson for the Clark County district attorney’s office could not be reached for comment at press time.

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