Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight charged his arrest for alleged parole violations was a misguided effort by police to salvage their investigation of a string of homicides. Knight, 37, was taken into Los

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight charged his arrest for alleged parole violations was a misguided effort by police to salvage their investigation of a string of homicides. Knight, 37, was taken into Los Angeles Police Department custody Monday after meeting with his parole officer. The violations involve his alleged association with reputed gang members and could bring him another year in prison, authorities said. He remains in jail without bail.

Knight told the Los Angeles Times during a jailhouse interview yesterday (Dec. 26) he does not associate with gang members outside of his music label business -- Tha Row Records. "I ain't no gangster. I'm too damn old. I'm a
grown man trying to run a business," Knight said.

Knight claims that when he went to meet his parole officer a gang investigator was there waiting and threatened a lengthy jail sentence if Knight didn't talk about a series of gang related-shootings. "I told him, `You better handcuff me right now. Because I don't know a thing about it,'" Knight said.

Sheriff's investigators raided Knight's Malibu home and the Beverly Hills office of his Tha Row records Nov. 14 in connection with a pair of unsolved homicides. They have said Knight is not a suspect in the killings.

Three men were arrested during the raids on suspicion of conspiring to kill a man in June in retaliation for the April slaying of a former production manager at Knight's record label, formerly known as Death Row Records. However, the three men were later released without being charged.

During the raid, law enforcement found photos in which Knight and gang members were making gang signs with their hands, sources told the Times. Knight said the picture was from a music video rehearsal for one of Knight's acts, Crooked I. "They think anything with fingers up in the air is a gang sign," Knight said.

Knight believes his arrest is a last-ditch effort to salvage an investigation that has lacked the number of arrests authorities were seeking. He also said it is unfair for him to abandon his ties to the inner-city where rap music flourishes.

"I told parole that if I had to stop dealing with people from the 'hood, I might as well shut down my business," Knight said. "I can't just turn my back on the people I came up with. Rap comes from the same place that I did ?- the ghetto."

Knight was released on parole in August 2001 after serving five years in prison for violating probation on assault charges by getting into a fight in a Las Vegas hotel. The 1996 altercation occurred hours before rapper Tupac Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting while riding in Knight's car.

Knight had been on probation since 1995, when he entered no-contest pleas to two counts of assault stemming from a 1992 attack on two rappers at a Hollywood recording studio.

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