Man Who Assaulted Dr. Dre Claims Suge Knight Paid For Punch

Jimmy James Johnson,

the man accused of punching Aftermath CEO and producer Dr. Dre at the Vibe Awards,

told police that Marion “Suge” Knight paid him $5,000 to assault the

producer as he accepted his Lifetime Achievement Award.

Johnson allegedly told the Santa Monica, California police that Knight

hired and paid him to carry out the attack in an attempt to embarrass Dr. Dre,

born Andre Young.

Johnson, 26, is facing a life sentence due to previous felonies.

Knight also allegedly agreed to forgive Johnson’s brother’s debt

if he carried out the assault.

After punching Dre, Johnson was allegedly stabbed by G-Unit/Aftermath

artist Young Buck, who pleaded not-guilty to assault charges on Friday (January


"We will have that explanation [for the punch] in court,"

Johnson’s attorney told the New York Post.

Johnson allegedly told police that he attended the awards with

Knight’s entourage.

Knight’s lawyer denied the allegations, stating "there

is absolutely no truth to it. I am so confident that there is no issue.”

Authorities started investigating Knight’s possible involvement

in the melee shortly after the Vibe Awards, which took place last November.

During the melee, camera’s caught a composed Knight sitting

during the fracas. Authorities were seeking to see if Knight violated his probation

due to his proximity to Dr. Dre, who has a restraining order against his former

partner in the Death Row record label, which included such artists as Snoop

Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur.

Knight vehemently denied any involvement immediately after the


“One thing

about me, if I do something wrong, I claim it,” Knight said. “I’m

not no snitch, I’m not no rat, I’m not the kind of guy who just

wants to start stuff.”

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