50 Cent told to pay up over sex tape

July 25, 2015 5:23 am 1 comment Views: 5
A $  7 million mistake ... Curtis Jackson, also known as 50 Cent, outside court. Picture: A

A $ 7 million mistake … Curtis Jackson, also known as 50 Cent, outside court. Picture: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
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RAPPER 50 Cent has been ordered to pay another $ US2 million ($ A2.72 million) to a woman over a sex tape, despite his pleas that he was short of cash.

A jury announced that it was imposing the amount in punitive damages against 50 Cent, bringing to $ US7 million the total amount he has to pay over the case.

The Florida-based woman, Lastonia Leviston, said she felt vindicated after the decision of the jury in New York.

“I hope he learned a lesson,” she was quoted saying by the Daily News.

A video that went online in 2009 depicted Leviston in sex acts that were narrated by 50 Cent, who disguised himself in a wig and spoke in an artificially high voice to portray his character “Pimpin’ Curly”.

Rap rival ... Rick Ross. Picture: AFP / Joe Klamar

Rap rival … Rick Ross. Picture: AFP / Joe Klamar
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50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, used the video to mock fellow rapper Rick Ross, who was formerly in a relationship with Leviston.

50 Cent apologised in court and argued that he was not responsible for the video.

After the first set of damages, he filed for bankruptcy protection, saying his liabilities and assets were in the same range.

The Get Rich or Die Tryin’ rapper testified that his lavish lifestyle was all a facade and that he borrowed the fancy cars and jewellery that he showed off in public.

The $ US2 million in punitive damages, however, is less than the $ US15 million in additional compensation sought by Leviston’s lawyers.

In his heyday ... Rapper 50 Cent pictured in 2005.

In his heyday … Rapper 50 Cent pictured in 2005.
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Forbes magazine estimated earlier this year that 50 Cent was worth $ US155 million, having made $ 100 million in 2007 by selling his stake in energy drink VitaminWater.

50 Cent, who lives in a Connecticut mansion once owned by boxer Mike Tyson, told the court he was worth $ US4.4 million.

Last year he was ordered to pay $ US16 million on charges of spreading trade secrets of headphone maker Sleek Audio.

www.news.com.au/entertainment/music

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