Rap mogul’s girl­friend sold video to TMZ

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LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — For­mer rap mogul Mar­ion “Suge” Knight’s girl­friend and a busi­ness part­ner have been charged with vi­o­lat­ing a court or­der by sell­ing a video show­ing Knight run­ning his truck into two men to celebrity news web­site TMZ for $55,000, pros­e­cu­tors said Wed­nes­day.

Knight’s girl­friend, Toilin Kelly, and Mark Blanken­ship were each charged with con­spir­acy to vi­o­late a court or­der, con­spir­acy to ob­struct jus­tice and con­spir­acy to com­mit grand theft, Los An­ge­les County pros­e­cu­tors said.

Kelly pleaded not guilty Wed­nes­day; Blanken­ship has not yet been ar­raigned.

Knight, a co-founder of Death Row Records, was ar­rested in 2015 af­ter au­thor­i­ties said he ran over the two men out­side of a burger stand in Comp­ton.

He has pleaded not guilty to mur­der and at­tempted mur­der charges and is await­ing trial. His lawyers have said he acted in self-de­fense and was flee­ing armed at­tack­ers.

A judge is­sued a pro­tec­tive or­der in the case, which barred all ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing the video, from be­ing re­leased pub­licly.

About two weeks af­ter the in­ci­dent, Kelly and Blanken­ship be­gan ar­rang­ing the sale of the surveillance video to TMZ, pros­e­cu­tors said.

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