According to court documents obtained by The Blast, an attorney for 1Oak has asked the judge to rule that Brown and Knight’s “reputation and character” be deemed inadmissible character evidence in the upcoming trial related to shooting at the club 1OAK in 2014.
“In this civil action,” the club argues, “the purported gang affiliation of Knight or Brown is irrelevant to the issue of defendant’s negligence.”
The attorney then dials up the language and gets right to the heart of the issue, saying, “Painting Knight and Brown as scary black men with gang-affiliations is an attempt to prejudice the jury against the defense and to raise some heightened sense of legal duty.”
Brown and Knight were sued by multiple people in 2016 stemming from the shooting. Although no one has accused either of pulling the trigger, the plaintiffs have claimed that both men’s respective pasts and gang affiliations led to the incident.
The case is ongoing.