(AllHipHop News) Former N.W.A. bandmates Ice Cube and Dr. Dre have been removed as defendants from a lawsuit over the death of a bystander on the set of their biopic “Straight Outta Compton.”
Rap mogul Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, who features in the hit movie, ran over one of the film’s technical advisers, Cle ‘Bone’ Sloan, and businessman Terry Carter as he attempted to flee the set following an altercation in January, 2015.
Carter was killed and Knight has since been charged with a hit and run, and last summer, the dead man’s widow filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit against Knight, Cube and Dre, claiming “reckless corporate greed, disguised as a quest for authenticity,” led to “a foreseeable altercation that resulted in the death of a successful businessman.”
Cube and Dre, who were not around at the time of the incident, responded to the suit by insisting they committed no malfeasance, and that their only affirmative act was a “specific request” that Sloan direct Knight to leave the base camp for the film.
Now a judge overseeing the case has accepted the pair’s argument and cleared them of any responsibility in Carter’s death, insisting they cannot be blamed for Knight’s actions, reports TMZ.com.
Knight remains a defendant in the case.
He is currently being held behind bars and is due to stand trial for the murder of Carter and attempted murder of Sloan in February.