- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 28, 2005

Rap producer shot

Rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was shot in the leg early yesterday during a Miami Beach party hosted by Grammy-winning hip hop artist Kanye West, Miami Beach police said.

Mr. Knight, 40, was hospitalized in good condition, police said. He was shot during a celebrity-studded party at the Shore Club, one of the many celebrations in Miami Beach ahead of the MTV Video Music Awards scheduled for last night, said Miami Beach Police Officer Bobby Hernandez.

Sonja Mauro, a guest at the club, said a shot in the party’s VIP section rang out shortly before 1 a.m.

“I was in there and I heard a pop and I ran out and got trampled,” she told Associated Press.

People attending the party began screaming and running for the doors, she said.

Mr. Knight co-founded the pioneering rap label Death Row Records and hit the charts in the 1990s with West Coast stars including Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur.

The label struggled when Mr. Knight was sent to prison for assault and weapons violations. He was released in 2001, then served 10 more months for violating parole and striking a Hollywood nightclub valet. Relatives of slain rapper Notorious B.I.G. have also accused him of involvement in his death, though police have never named Mr. Knight as a suspect.

Mr. Knight continues to operate his label, now called Tha Row.

Actor marries producer

Actor Robert Downey Jr. married his girlfriend, Susan Levin, a movie producer he met on the set of the film “Gothika,” Saturday, People magazine reported.

Mr. Downey, who has starred in more than 50 films including “Less Than Zero,” “Chaplin” and “Wonder Boys,” has a reputation as a talented but troubled actor.

The guest list at the wedding on Long Island, New York City, included actor Keanu Reeves and musicians Sting and Billy Joel, who were to perform.

Mr. Downey and Miss Levin, 31, met in 2002 and were engaged in November 2003 when Mr. Downey presented her with an engagement ring of diamonds and a rare African sapphire, People magazine said.

Mr. Downey stars as a petty thief caught up in a Los Angeles murder investigation in the Warner Bros. comedy thriller “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” set to open in mid-September.

Mr. Downey, 40, struggled with drug addiction during the 1990s and had several well-publicized run-ins with the law.

For six years, the award-winning actor was in and out of prison and rehabilitation programs after police found heroin, crack and an unloaded gun in his car. In 1999, he served a year in prison for cocaine possession and was arrested twice for the same offense within months of his release.

The fallout from those incidents cut short a budding comeback for the actor, who won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for his role in the TV series “Ally McBeal.”

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from Web and wire reports.

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