Published: Apr 07, 2010 2:51 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A rap music smackdown looms in a federal courtroom between Marion "Suge" Knight and Kanye West over a shooting at a star-studded Miami Beach party.

Knight was shot in the right leg in August 2005 by a still-unknown assailant at the Shore Club. West was hosting the party in advance of the MTV Video Music Awards. No arrests were ever made.

More than four years later, Knight is claiming in a lawsuit that West and the Shore Club's owners failed to provide adequate security. Knight is seeking more than $1 million, including a 15-carat diamond earring he lost in the chaos.

West's attorney did not respond to a request for comment. West and the Shore Club ownership deny Knight's claims of negligence in court papers.

A Miami trial date is set for Dec. 6.