Instead of aiming jabs at each other on a record, two hip-hop stars are taking a more gentlemanly route to resolving beef. Kanye West and Marion “Suge” Knight met on Friday to discuss issues surrounding the 2005 party hosted by West during which Knight was shot in the leg. Knight also claims that a fellow partygoer stole his diamond earring during the melee.
The Death Row honcho filed a lawsuit against West in 2008 pegging partial responsibility for the shooting and jewelry loss on the outspoken Grammy-winning superstar. The suit has a December 6 court date , but the two hip-hop stars decided to meet in person to hash out the matter.
The Associated Press reports that West and Knight engaged in a closed-door meeting in Manhattan that lasted for six hours but, according to Knight, yielded few results. “I’m disappointed,” Knight said. “I figured I could sit him down, man to man, and get this resolved.” At press time, a rep for West had not responded to MTV News’ request for comment.
Knight was shot at the 2005 bash, hosted by West at Miami Beach’s Shore Club, which preceded the MTV Video Music Awards. The bullet shattered a bone in the mogul’s right leg, an injury which required surgery and months of physical therapy. Knight racked up more than $200,000 in medical expenses, and the label head is seeking more than $1 million in damages in the lawsuit. Despite a bunch of celebrity attendees, including Jessica Alba and the Black Eyed Peas, only a few witnesses have come forward and the crime remains unsolved.
According to court papers, Knight places responsibility on West for allowing someone to get a firearm through security. Knight’s lawyers also said that people known to be beefing with the Death Row boss attended the bash.
Knight insists he wants to resolve the situation amicably. “My whole thing is: I’m not here to put nobody behind bars,” Knight said. “It’s time for more positive now.”