Suge Knight's ex-wife denies Tupac murder, vows to sue accusers

The ex-wife of Tupac Shakur's record producer has rejected claims she and her former husband's bodyguard were behind his murder, branding the allegation as "ridiculous".

Sharitha Golden was married to Death Row Records founder Suge Knight while he was one of the most feared men in the burgeoning hip-hop industry - but two days ago, he accused Golden and his security chief Reggie White Jr of carrying out the shooting that culminated in Tupac's death.

Tupac's murder was a drive-by shooting that took place in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996. Knight was sitting beside him in the car at the time of the incident, but remained unscathed other than some bullet fragments hitting his head.

Now, after years of silence on the incident, Knight has claimed that it was his former wife and security guard who were responsible, after hearing the "salient points" made in a new documentary on Tupac's death.

Knight was told about the details of the film while serving time in prison for the murder and attempted murder of record label executive Terry Carter and filmmaker Cle Sloan.

The film, entited Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton, claims Knight was the real target of the shooting - and Knight's new allegations against Golden and White Jr in response to that have prompted Golden to defend herself.

"No way in hell I would have murdered Tupac - for what reason?" she said in a video for TMZ.

"This ridiculous theory that I needed to get half of Death Row Records - I already had half of Death Row, America. When Tupac died, what did Death Row become after that? Zero, nothing, a downfall."

Golden says while she isn't someone to threaten lawsuits and to give stupidity relevance, she will take those who accuse her of the crime to court.

The person behind Tupac's death has remained a mystery for more than two decades, with Knight himself the target of accusations that he masterminded the killing, as well as that of fellow rapper Biggie Smalls.