Suge Knight and Katt Williams Ordered to Stand Trial in Alleged Camera Theft
Attorneys for Knight, 50, and Williams, 42, say the two men were trying to prevent photographer Leslie Redden from taking pictures of Knight’s young son, the Associated Press reported.
“[Knight] never robbed anyone, and he never murdered anyone. He is completely innocent,” Knight’s lawyer, Thomas Mesereau, told PEOPLE. “He never touched this woman, he never ran after her, he didn’t assault her. It’s a ridiculous case and he will be acquitted.”
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen said at a preliminary hearing on Tuesday that there was enough evidence to support both the robbery charges and a separate charge filed against Knight for allegedly threatening Redden before the Sept. 5 attack in Beverly Hills, the AP reported.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to the robbery charges and, according to the Los Angeles Times, they will be arraigned on Oct. 27.
Mesereau told PEOPLE that Knight wasn’t involved, holding that Redden “struggled” with Williams and another woman in Knight and Williams’ entourage.
“But because Suge Knight was there, and because he was concerned about his son, they charged him with a felony,” Measereau said.
The comedian’s attorney, Shawn Holley, acknowledged that Williams took the camera after another women took it from the photographer in an effort to erase any photos of Knight’s son. Part of the confrontation was recorded on a video camera Redden wore around her neck. Footage from the device shows Knight approaching her before she takes off running, the AP reported.
Beverly Hills police said the two “forcibly” grabbed the woman’s camera after chasing her, according to the Times. Mesereau holds that the Death Row Records co-founder was only trying to keep his son from being photographed, telling the AP, “any father would have acted as he did.”
Redden testified at the nearly hour-long hearing that she suffered injuries to her hands and wrist as well as a concussion, the AP reported.
“There’s a rip in my wrist,” she said. “I’m ambidextrous, but my hands don’t work.”
Mesereau told PEOPLE his client is innocent in both cases and will be acquitted. He adds that the robbery and murder charges are “political.”
“They were brought against him because of who he is, not because of what happened,” he said.
Williams’ lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.
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