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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Suge Knight, Too $hort, Katt Williams Make a Cameo in Sen. Yee Corruption Trial

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 8:37 AM

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Perhaps the last trio you'd expect to see mentioned in the State Sen. Leland Yee corruption trial is comedian Katt Williams, rapper Too $hort, and hip-hop mogul Suge Knight.

Strangely enough, recent court documents reveal some interesting details and even more curious connections between some of the defendants in the Yee case and the three famous guys mentioned above.

For starters, Keith Jackson — the former school board member who who got tangled up in the corruption case when he allegedly helped Yee obtain campaign donations in excess of the legal limits — was heard on wire taps bragging to an undercover federal agent in the Yee case about how much of a badass Barry Blackwell House aka "Barry Black" was (House is also a minor defendant in the Yee case). Mid-boasting, he explained how House stole comedian Katt Williams' Bentley on behalf of Too $hort, because Williams' refused to pay the rapper for a 2012 performance, according to the federal court filing. 

In other words, if  they were looking for a hardened criminal to do the dirty work in the Yee case — House was the guy.  

Like Jackson, House also did his fair share of boasting about his violent resume. “House said he could send two 'goons' to do whatever UCE 4599 [the under cover agent] wanted," the wiretap summary reads. "One of the 'goons' was from New York and would do anything. UCE 4599 asked if the 'goons' could damage a vehicle to send a message to someone. House responded 'that’s a done deal, that’s too easy. I call that the sleeper.' House told UCE 4599 he didn’t even have to meet the goons to minimize his culpability in the event."

Knight was also involved, but it's not exactly clear how. “Black backed down rapper Suge Knight and summoned the help of his organization to steal Williams’ Bentley,” federal prosecutor William Frentzen wrote. It sounds like House — who sometimes goes by the name Barry Black — managed to convince Knight, who often hangs out with Too $hort, to stay out of it. Then House got his motorcycle club, the Made Men, to help steal the Bentley.

SF Weekly asked the US Attorney’s office to clarify the quote, but a spokeswoman declined to comment. Knight, Too $hort, and Williams have not returned requests for comment, but all three men have had brushes with the law in the past.

The conversation between Jackson and House about the car theft allegedly occurred on November 28, 2012, just over a week after Too $hort opened up Williams’ comedy performance at Oracle Arena. It was the same memorable performance where the comedian went batshit crazy on stage. At the time Mercury News reported, “A profanity-laced video posted to YouTube shows Williams challenging a heckler to come onstage and fight him and telling the person to come backstage after the show. A burly security guard hauls Williams away from the stage's edge and to the backstage area.” Williams also rambled incoherently about Oakland and God, and at one point took off his shirt.

Kat Williams mug shot after he arrest in LA
  • Kat Williams mug shot after he arrest in LA
State Sen. Yee and 28 others, including Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow, House, and Jackson, have been charged in the far-reaching federal investigation into political corruption and alleged criminal activity by a crime syndicate associated with the Ghee Kung Tong.  They were busted in a FBI raid earlier this year that later revealed Yee and the others were connected to a string of crimes involving drugs, guns, and violence. 

House became wrapped up in the investigation when Jackson introduced him to the undercover federal agent known as UCE 4599.

All the defendants are scheduled to appear at a status conference on November 12, during which Judge Charles Breyer will decide how the trial will proceed.

Read the court documents for yourself: 


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