Friday in Los Angeles, Afeni Shakur filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Orlando Anderson, alleging the Lakewood, California, man played a role in her son's killing--cutting down one of the music world's most promising stars at age 25.
Orlando Anderson is the same Orlando Anderson, the reputed member of Los Angeles' notorious Crips street gang, who last Monday filed his own lawsuit against Afeni Shakur, as co-executor of the Shakur estate.
In his suit, Anderson claims he suffered physical injuries, as well as emotional and mental distress, when Shakur and Death Row Records employees beat him up in the lobby of a Las Vegas hotel on September 7, 1996--the same night of the Shakur shooting.
Anderson, held briefly in custody last October following a gang sweep related to the Shakur investigation, was indeed once a police suspect in the rap star's killing. But, according to the Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas police confirm this claim from the Anderson camp: There's no evidence linking him to the murder.
Attorney Renee L. Campbell went so far Friday to compare Anderson to Richard Jewel, the man wrongly accused of plotting last year's deadly Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta. Like Jewel, Anderson has been victimized by "incompetent and flawed police work," Campbell told the Times.
The lawyer representing the Shakur estate, meanwhile, calls it "unbelievable" that Anderson would "dare" bring a lawsuit against the estate of the man "he is alleged to have killed."
Afeni Shakur's lawsuit against Anderson is but the latest in a tangle of litigation that has bedeviled her son's legacy, financial and otherwise, since his death.