A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that a lawsuit over a leaked sex tape can proceed against rapper 50 Cent, despite his bankruptcy filing.
A New York jury awarded Lastonia Leviston $5million last week after determining the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, didn’t have her permission when he posted online a sexually explicit video she made with her boyfriend.
The jury was to consider punitive damages Monday, but 40-year-old Jackson filed for bankruptcy that day in Connecticut, temporarily stalling Leviston’s lawsuit.
Tough times: A federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that a lawsuit over a leaked sex tape can proceed against rapper 50 Cent, despite his bankruptcy filing
Her lawyer alleged Jackson filed for bankruptcy to evade testifying in the New York case.
According to a Friday report from TMZ, the legal documents the rapper has filed claim that he indeed has tons of money and assets but not enough to cover $20million in recent court judgements.
The gossip site insists that 50 is cash poor and this is all a move by his representation to show his fans that he isn’t a failure.
Order: The rapper – Real name Curtis Jackson III – was ordered to pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston (right) in a lawsuit after she claimed he acquired and intentionally leaked a sex tape in which she was featured
Bankrupt: New legal documents claim 50 Cent – pictured in London on Friday – owes $28 million to creditors
They also report that the documents that he filed are almost biographical as they go back to his growing up in poverty in Queens, New York where his mom was murdered and he was famously shot nine times.
His legal representation explains in the written record: ‘In many respects, Mr. Jackson typifies the American dream.’
Leviston’s attorney, Philip Freidin, tells The Hartford Courant he’s pleased the New York case will be resuming Monday.