A Los Angeles judge has just ordered that the rap mogul must pay $107 million to Lydia Harris, the woman who claims to have helped Knight start up Death Row Records. The Supreme Court judge found that Knight (and his lawyers) violated court rules which require them to answer questions made by Harris and her lawyers, as well as provide relevant information.
As a result of this ruling, Knight and his companies must pay Harris $60 million in punitive damages, $45 million in economic damages, and $2 million in non-economic damages.
Harris filed a previous lawsuit in 2002, although it didn't reach trial. In it she claimed that she and Knight became equal co-founders of Death Row Records in 1989.
Harris said that Knight's defaming comments and conduct were geared toward ruining her credibility in the music industry, as well as pushing her out of the business before things became lucrative. 'His conduct made it clear that he did not intend to honor his agreement or pay the shares of profit due to her,' said Harris' lawyer. 'He also publicy insulted her and falsely accused her of promiscuity and incompetence.'