Crowdfunding Effort for Suge Knight's Bail Gets the Ax

Crowdfunding Effort for Suge Knight's Bail Gets the Ax
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Twenty-five million dollars for bail is a lot, even, apparently, for onetime music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

Bail bonds businesses typically charge 10 percent of a total bail amount to cover the bill and guarantee you won't run. But $25 mil is a different universe than most bail bondsmen and -women are used to, so there's no guarantee that even $2.5 million would unlock Suge's cell.

Knight has his fans and supporters, however, and after his arrest on suspicion of murder earlier this year they started a GoFundMe page to crowdsource money for his bail.

Unfortunately for Mr. Knight, the fundraising page was taken down recently.

A spokeswoman for GoFundMe wouldn't go into specifics. Here's what she said:

After review by our team, the campaign in question was removed from GoFundMe due to a violation of our terms and conditions.

Among those terms and conditions is a prohibition on "campaigns in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful or sexual acts."

We guess a murder case would fit the bill here.

This might not have been a huge setback in the effort to free Knight, however:

The website HipHopDX, where we first spotted news of GoFundMe's deletion, reports that the campaign initially raised "$0" of a "$202,500 goal."

Crowdfunding Effort for Suge Knight's Bail Gets the Ax
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That goal was based on Knight's original $2.025 million bail, which was later raised to $25 million at the behest of prosecutors.

The rap impresario was in court yesterday. He asked a judge if he could represent himself in his murder case. The judge said no. Amazingly, Knight did not faint, pass out or require any medical attention.

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His next court appearance was slated for May 27.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow L.A. Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.


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