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Rap Mogul Knight Gets $6M Tax Bill

July 13, 2002

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Rap mogul Marion ``Suge″ Knight was slapped with a $6 million income tax bill that he racked up while behind bars.

An attorney for Knight, owner of Tha Row Records, formerly known as Death Row Records, said the Internal Revenue Service sent a collection notice this week regarding taxes owed in 1997.

At that time, Knight was serving a five-year sentence for violating his probation after getting involved in a fight the night Death Row Records rapper Tupac Shakur was killed in Las Vegas.

Knight ``is a hardworking citizen and meets all his responsibilities,″ lawyer Arthur Barens said Friday. ``He plans to pay it.″

IRS spokesman Victor Omelczenko declined to comment.

The collection notice arrived just a few months after Knight’s former attorney, David E. Kenner, 60, of Los Angeles, was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to tax evasion charges.

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