[artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] has kept a pretty low profile since infamously bum-rushing Taylor Swift at the VMAs , but the notoriously private rapper may have to come out of seclusion at year’s end, thanks to onetime rap impresario [artist id="1161238"]Marion “Suge” Knight[/artist].
According to The Associated Press, on Tuesday U.S. District Court Judge Patricia Seitz scheduled a December 6 trial date in Miami for a lawsuit by the former Death Row Records honcho against West. Knight claims the Grammy-winning rapper was partially responsible for a 2005 nightclub shooting at a party he hosted that resulted in Knight getting shot in the leg.
Knight filed the suit against West in 2008, blaming ‘Ye for the loss of a beloved 15-carat diamond stud earring that he claims was stolen from him during the melee at the trendy Shore Club in 2005, where West was hosting a pre-party before that year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Knight was shot in the right leg at the party in the still-unsolved crime, in which six shots were fired and few witnesses have come forward, despite a star-studded crowd that included Eddie Murphy, Jessica Alba and the Black Eyed Peas.
According to the lawsuit, the label boss blames ‘Ye for allowing someone to smuggle a gun past security at the party, which his lawyers said was also supposed to be attended by people known to have beef with Knight.
A bullet hit Knight in the right leg, shattering a bone and requiring surgery and months of physical therapy that cost more than $200,000; the suit seeks more than $1 million in damages. A spokesperson for West could not be reached for comment at press time, but in court papers the MC and the owners of the Shore Club have denied Knight’s claims of negligence.
The lawsuit was originally brought in Los Angeles as part of Knight’s 2006 bankruptcy filing, but later moved to Miami at the request of the Shore Club’s owners. If Knight wins, he’ll have to share any damages with the bankruptcy trustee and the IRS.