It’s been nearly 21 years since Tupac Shakur was gunned down in Las Vegas, but some new info has been revealed in the murder.
Suge Knight’s lawyer, via a signed affidavit, says Suge knows who killed the rap legend, while also adding that Suge himself was actually the intended target of the hit.
In a new documentary about Pac’s death, titled Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton, Suge’s lawyer Thaddeus Culpepper claims the rap mogul’s ex-wife Sharitha and Death Row Records security chief Reggie Wright Jr. were behind the infamous drive-by shooting, reports WENN.
Tupac was shot in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas Strip on September 7, 1996, following Mike Tyson’s fight against Bruce Seldon. He was riding in the passenger seat of a BMW that Suge was driving.
Culpepper also added that Suge had alleged details that points to Wright being involved in the murder of the Notorious B.I.G. nearly a year later.
“When our book came out and we were working on the movie, we gave the salient points of the book (Tupac: 187 The Red Knight) to Thaddeus Culpepper, who read them to Suge Knight,” explained Tupac Assassination co-director Richard Bond. “Suge’s initial response was, ‘Who the hell are these guys?’ He admitted to Culpepper that the theories in the movie were true.”
According to the film, the shooting of Tupac was an attempted coup of Death Row Records.
“Culpepper told [director Michael Douglas Carlin] individually that not only did Knight confirm the events as portrayed in Compton, which portray Knight was the intended target and Shakur as collateral damage, as true, but also goes on to allege that these 1996 events may have been the first in a history of attempts on Knight’s life, culminating in the recent attempted killing of Knight at the 1OAK Club in Los Angeles, where Knight was shot six times,” a spokesperson for the documentary said.
Wright Jr. has previously denied any involvement in both shootings.
The death of Tupac and Biggie has spawned a number of theories. Previously, former LAPD detective Greg Kading accused Puff Daddy of financing the hit on Tupac, while Suge ordered the hit on Biggie. Kading revealed this account in the book Murder Rap, which was then turned into a documentary.
Knight is currently sitting in jail awaiting trial for murder charges.
Tupac’s life will be told on the big screen in the upcoming biopic, All Eyez On Me, due out in June.