Lydia Harris has filed a lawsuit against Death
Row Records [now called Tha Row] and several other co-conspirators,
including lawyer David Kenner, stating that she was deprived her of early Death
Row profits and publicly slandered throughout the music industry.
Harris, who operates and owns Lifestyle Records,
says she was a co-founder of Death Row, but Knight and David Kenner, her former
attorney, altered the legal structure of the record label to exclude her completely.
I was cool with [Suge] and Kenner, but they identified my loyalty to Mike
[Harris, her husband,] and tried to get rid of me, Lydia Harris said.
Harris is best known as the spouse of incarcerated
Michael Harry O Harris, former drug dealer. According to Harry O,
he provided 1.5 million dollars in start up capital for Death Row to launch.
Harry O claims to have made up to 15 million selling illegal drugs.
In 1991, Lydia Harris began working with Death
Row as a 50 percent shareholder in a company called GFP Inc., (also known as
Godfather Entertainment), which was the parent company to Death Row, according
to Harris attorney.
The lawsuit against Knight and the other alleged
coconspirators says that he has called Harris several derogatory names since
early 2001 on radio and in interviews. According to documents, Harris said her
suit was "in order to restore my good name and reputation, which [Suge]
has callously attacked in recent months."
Harris executive produced a recently released
documentary film called "Welcome to Death Row via Zenon Pictures.
Michael Harry O Harris has been incarcerated since 1988 and is currently
in Lancaster State Penitentiary in San Quentin, California.