Former Shakur murder suspect files suit against rapper’s estate

Las Vegas Sun
September 10, 1997

Former Shakur murder suspect files suit against rapper’s estate

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A reputed gang member investigated for the shooting death of Tupac Shakur has filed a lawsuit against the slain rapper’s estate alleging he was assaulted just hours before the shooting.

Orlando Anderson claims in his lawsuit that he suffered physical injuries and severe emotional and mental distress after a brawl with Shakur and Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight outside the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.

A few hours after the fight Sept. 7, 1996, which was captured by a hotel security camera, someone fired on the car carrying Shakur and Knight. Shakur died a week later at the hospital. No arrests have been made in Shakur’s death.

Anderson’s lawyer, Renee L. Campbell, said authorities told her client he was a suspect in Shakur’s death, but he denies being involved in the shooting.

“It is clear that if there is any victim, my client is the victim,” Campbell said.

Richard Fischbein, co-executor of the Shakur estate’s, was baffled by the lawsuit, which was filed late Monday.

“Only in California can a perjurer, and he is a perjurer, and an alleged suspect in a murder investigation start a lawsuit against the person that he allegedly killed,” said Fischbein, reached late Tuesday at his home in New York.

Death Row lawyer David Kenner did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment Tuesday night.

Knight is serving a nine year sentence for violating probation. That violation was the brawl outside the MGM Hotel. At Knight’s probation hearing in November, Anderson said Knight was actually trying to break up the fight.

When asked whether Anderson, had perjured himself on the stand at the hearing, Campbell said her client “testified the way he did out of fear for his safety.”

In October, Anderson, who police say is a member of the Crips, was briefly held on an outstanding warrant for a death in Compton that was unrelated to Shakur’s murder. No charges were filed against Anderson in that case.

Several other lawsuits have been filed against Shakur’s estate and his parents are currently in probate court battling for a stake in it.

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