HipHopWired Featured Video

Snoop Dogg is far from the person he was 23 years ago, but a new TV show is out to remind of the rapper’s darker days.

New television show Rich And Acquitted will revisit infamous court cases where celebrities were tried for crimes but ultimately found not guilty.

In 1993, Snoop Dogg‘s career was almost derailed just as it was getting started when he and his bodyguard McKinley Lee were charged with the murder of rival gang member Phillip Woldermariam. The incident in where Snoop was driving the car in which Lee shot Woldermariam made Snoop Dogg Public Enemy #1 as America was growing in fear of the “Gangsta Rap” phenomenon at the time. Lee was found not guilty and acquitted on self-defense. Snoop was acquitted in 1996 after fighting the case for three years. The acquittal came after America was still reeling from the feeling that O.J. Simpson had beat his case because he could afford the best lawyers that money could buy.

The Snoop Dogg episode of Rich And Acquitted is in the middle of filming and it is already making news.

TMZ reports:

The tranquility at a San Fernando Valley park was shattered by what sounded like gunfire, sending picnickers and others scrambling for cover … but it was all just a reenactment of an infamous murder case that put Snoop Dogg in the defendant’s chair.

It happened last week at Tarzana Park. A scene was being shot for the docuseries “Rich and Acquitted,” putting the spotlight on the 1993 shooting death of gang member Philip Woldemariam. Snoop, who was in a rival gang, was tried for murder and acquitted.

We’re told cops were aware blanks would be fired in the park to reenact the murder, but apparently the memo didn’t get out to people who were strolling around.

Rich And Acquitted is also slated to profile the trials of O.J. Simpson, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson. It will beginning airing on the Reelz network in September.