LATEST: Marion 'Suge' Knight's lawyer claims she has statements from eight witnesses insisting the rap mogul did not punch a parking valet, an incident which could send him back to prison.

Knight, 37, was arrested last month (JUN03) for allegedly punching the attendant. Parole officials say they will ask the CALIFORNIA BOARD OF PRISON TERMS to determine if Knight violated conditions of his parole. Revocation of parole could lead to as much as a one-year prison term, officials say.

But the Death Row Records boss' attorney ROSE KOGEMAN says, "Unfortunately for Mr Knight, it appears that he was arrested prior to a full investigation of the allegation."

Kogeman insists it was another patron, whom she did not identify, who got angry and shoved the valet while waiting for a vehicle.

The witness statements will be considered during an as-yet-unscheduled administrative hearing when Knight will have a chance to offer his defense, say officials.

03/07/2003 09:16