The gossip website said Donaghy’s phone was seized by police and that both producers were hit with grand jury subpoenas after they interviewed Knight. Erb told The Blast that he was contacted by people who identified as law enforcement, before being told that the interview their production company, eOne, had with Knight was illegal. The unnamed caller allegedly told Erb that “he ‘knew’ that eOne had done an interview with Suge Knight, who was in jail, and that Mr. Knight violated the law by talking to eOne.”
Donaghy’s story was even more unsettling. She said that two officers with homicide badges arrived at her home without warning and asked to search her phone. “Believing I had no alternative and frightened by the unexpected arrival of two ‘homicide’ officers at my home, early in the morning, I gave them my iPhone and the passcode and showed them it worked,” Dinghy said, according to The Blast.
The officers left with Donaghy’s phone but promised she would get it back in a day. However, they failed to return the device to the filmmaker.
“Some of this information is highly sensitive,” she said of the documents on her phone, “and if revealed or leaked, could bring grave harm to some of my sources and contacts. I consider the information on my cell phone to be confidential and private.”
As for the subpoenas, Donaghy believed that they were trying to get her to testify about her communications with Knight, “in particular, any information identifying the individual(s) responsible for facilitating an interview between eOne and Mr. Knight.”
Their attorney was attempting to get the subpoenas tossed at the time, and also wanted a protective order to prevent further searches. If the pair is forced to appear before a grand jury, they have said that they will invoke protections under California’s Shield Law and “not disclose any of [their] sources of information or unpublished information obtained in the course of gathering and disseminating information to the public.”
Knight has given enough interviews from behind bars that it raises the question of what Death Row Chronicles did differently.
Speaking of explosive interviews…
In March, Keffe D — who was being interviewed for BET’s The Death Row Chronicles — ran through the night of Tupac’s murder. He explained that he and a group were hanging out that September night, hitting up the 662 Club before leaving the club to “party and s**t” with alcohol.
As Keffe D (front seat passenger), Terrance Brown (the driver), DeAndre Smith (back seat driver side), and Keffe D’s nephew Orlando Anderson (back seat passenger side) were in the car, they spotted Tupac. According to Keffe, the rapper was hanging out of the sunroof entertaining some female fans who were driving behind him.
“We came up, uh, Harmon. And, uh, aw s**t, there they come in that BMW. All the chicks was like ‘Tupac!’ And he was like ‘Hey!’ like a celebrity, like he was in a parade,” Keffe remembered. “If he wouldn’t even been out the window, we would have never seen him.”