Suge Knight rushed to hospital for panic attack minutes after pleading not guilty to murder

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight was rushed to the hospital with a panic attack minutes after pleading not guilty to murdering his friend and attempting to kill another man in a hit-and-run.

Wearing a Los Angeles County orange inmate jumpsuit, Knight, 49, stood in a defendant’s box next to his attorneys and intently read the complaint against him at the hearing in a high security courtroom in Compton, California.

Knight has been held at the Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail since Friday, when he surrendered to authorities at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station.

The 49-year-old, who glanced back into the gallery several times, was taken to hospital after suffering a panic attack, reports TMZ. 

Law enforcement sources said he was in the lockup area next to the courtroom when he began experiencing chest pains and he was taken to hospital via an ambulance.

The former rap music mogul pleaded not guilty to murder, attempted murder and other charges filed.

He is accused of intentionally running down two men, including a friend, in Compton on Thursday after an argument on a movie set.

However, his attorney James Blatt has said the collision was an accident that occurred as Knight was trying to flee an altercation in which he was assaulted.

On Monday, prosecutors charged Knight with killing 55-year-old Terry Carter and attempting to kill 51-year-old Cle ‘Bone’ Sloan. Knight also faces two charges of hit-and-run.

In addition, Knight’s $2 million bail was revoked after a court commissioner agreed with authorities that he was a potential flight risk and could intimidate witnesses.

The ruling came after homicide detectives told the bail commissioner that Knight could face a lengthy prison sentence because of a violent criminal past, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida.

Knight was out on bail in a separate robbery case when the men were hit.

Knight was at the center of one of the most notorious rap conflicts of the 1990s, pitting Tupac Shakur against Biggie Smalls in an East Coast-West Coast rivalry.

Knight was sent to prison for nearly five years for badly beating a rival with Shakur at a Las Vegas hotel, just hours before Shakur was fatally shot while riding in Knight’s car just east of the Strip in 1996.

In the current case, Knight struck two men with his pickup in a Compton burger stand parking lot.

The collision killed his friend Carter, a founder and owner of Heavyweight Records who was viewed as a local father figure and tried to help mentor young men in the community, said Doug Young, a friend and hip-hop music promoter.

Also injured in the collision was Sloan, an actor and film consultant.

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