A New York City jury has found that rapper 50 Cent must pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages to a lady featured in a sex-tape video distributed on the Internet.
The members of the jury’s decision came on Friday, two weeks after they ordered the multiplatinum-selling artist to pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston.
Leviston’s invasion-of-privacy lawsuit argues that 50 Cent, also known as Curtis Jackson III, posted online an offensively narrated 13-minute sex-tape she made with her boyfriend in 2008. In the video, he ridicules the rival rapper Rick Ross, who was not among those featured in the video, but has a kid with Leviston.
After the jury’s verdict, 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy in Connecticut.
A legal advisor for Leviston had asked jurors to award her $15 million. Jackson’s lawyer had requested that they arrange he pay only $700,000.
“50 Cent came on the scene in 2003 with “Get Rich or Die Tryin,'” which featured the hit “In Da Club.” Over the years, he’s been involved in different business ventures, including G-Unit records, and two production companies. He’s also invested his money into the mining and precious- metals industries and in the water drinks business”.
However, Shkolnik made fun of the rapper’s claims of modest financial means, calling them “almost laughable”.
“It’s almost laughable for Mr. Jackson to think anyone believes he’s broke and that everything is smoke and mirrors,” Shkolnik said. “His business entities show otherwise.”
In May, Forbes estimated 50 Cent’s net worth at $155 million.
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