A Los Angeles judge has frozen rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight's assets in a ruling that favors an imprisoned drug dealer who wants half of a $107 million award to the inmate's wife, who claimed Knight

A Los Angeles judge has frozen rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight's assets in a ruling that favors an imprisoned drug dealer who wants half of a $107 million award to the inmate's wife, who claimed Knight owed her money.

Monterey County Superior Court Judge Adrienne M. Grover froze Knight's assets on Aug. 29, the day after the rap mogul was shot in the leg at a Miami Beach party. He has since been released from a hospital.

In March, a Los Angeles judge ordered Knight and his companies to pay $107 million to Lydia Harris, who claimed she helped start Death Row Records and was owed money from the recording label.

The judge made the decision after finding that Knight and his lawyers failed to answer questions and provide information in the case, which never reached trial.

Harris' husband, Michael Harris, who's serving a 28-year sentence at San Quentin State Prison, has claimed he put up $1.5 million from behind bars in 1991 to help start the record label -- a contention Knight has repeatedly denied.

Michael Harris argues he's entitled to half of his wife's award. In June, he filed for divorce after learning his wife was in settlement negotiations with Knight, said attorney Steven M. Goldberg, who represents Michael Harris.

"She was trying to settle separately and cut him off the $107 million award," Goldberg alleged. Harris sought a divorce to block the alleged settlement, Goldberg said. The judge's decision to add Knight as a party to the divorce blocks him from "disposing or transferring his assets away," the lawyer said.

Calls to Knight's attorney, Dermot Givens, and Lydia Harris' attorney, Richard Brover, were not immediately returned.

Knight, whose label dominated the rap world in the 1990s, has had a series of legal troubles. In 2003, he was ordered to pay $5.5 million to managers who accused him of stealing one of their acts.

Knight was released from prison in 2001 after serving time for assault and weapons violations. He recently served an additional 10 months for violating his parole by allegedly striking a Hollywood nightclub valet.


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