50 Cent ordered to pay $2 million more to woman whose sex tape he published online

25 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

50 Cent downplays his dollars in lawsuit hearing.

The decision came a few hours after Lastonia Leviston’s lawyer mocked the rapper’s cries of poverty and requested the Manhattan Supreme Court jury sock him with an additional $15 million in punitive damages.50 Cent could find his legal expenses increased exponentially after failing to prove his financial troubles to the judge presiding over his sex tape legal battle.

NEW YORK— Rapper 50 Cent, ranked by Forbes as one of hip-hop’s five richest artists, downplayed his wealth on Tuesday as he testified in court about his finances, business deals and the media attention surrounding his recent bankruptcy filing. Fitty filed for bankruptcy on July 13, just days after the same jury slapped him with a $5 million verdict for violating Leviston’s civil rights and causing her emotional distress. “By your verdict, you have in some effect, changed fame to shame, changed celebrity to notoriety, tarnished the brand.

The multiplatinum-selling artist, born Curtis Jackson III, appeared in Manhattan state Supreme Court in a proceeding to decide possible additional punitive damages in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit. The bankruptcy delayed proceedings in the Leviston case by a week, but now the trial is moving forward as the jury debate what punitive damages could be inflicted against 50 Cent. Pho admitted she’d never met with or spoken to Fitty, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, but revealed that he’d recently sold at least some of his music catalogue for $3 million. A jury has already ordered him to pay $5 million in damages in a lawsuit brought by a woman who said he didn’t have her permission when he released a sex tape she made with a boyfriend.

Questioned by an attorney for the woman, Lastonia Leviston, the musician-actor denied owning many luxury items — including expensive cars and flashy jewelry — saying he rents, borrows and leases instead. “It’s a borrowed piece of jewelry from the jeweler,” he told Leviston’s lawyer, Philip Freidin, when asked about a photo of a 65-karat ring he posted on his Instagram account. Asked about $29 million in loans he’d doled out to his various companies in recent years — a disclosure Leviston’s lawyers found in his tax returns — Pho said she hadn’t known about them when she prepared the net worth statement. Leviston sued the “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” rapper after a 13-minute video appeared online showing a wig-wearing 50 Cent crudely narrating and taunting his rival Rick Ross, who was not in the video but has a daughter with Leviston.

The judge submitted a court order to 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, which demanded he turn over detailed financial records including five years of his most recent tax returns. Instead, the Southpaw star handed over a two-page document written up by his business management company, which detailed his net worth as $4.4 million. Jackson has said Leviston’s then-boyfriend gave him the 2008 tape and that, while he didn’t actually post it online, the boyfriend said she didn’t mind if he did. The star also handed in a working draft of his 2014 tax return. 50 Cent testified on the matter in court on Tuesday, and admitted he has earned over $250 million through business deals in the past decade when questioned by Leviston’s attorney Philip Freidin. Asked if she knew the drink was carried in 77,000 stores, she said, “No, I didn’t.” She also played up that Jackson has a $1.3 million mortgage on his sprawling 21-bedroom Connecticut mansion — but when asked if she was aware that he had recently listed the property online for $11 million, she said she wasn’t.

Pho was asked how much he earned from a recent underwear endorsement campaign in addition to what the star is making from executive producing TV show Power, but she seemed in the dark about what her client’s earnings are. Pho said the “Candy Shop” rapper currently has more than $20 million in liabilities, but didn’t know he was challenging the largest debt — an $18 million verdict that’s currently on appeal. Freidin noted to jurors that the supposedly cash-strapped Fitty hasn’t had any problem paying his bills – including the $30,000 a month he pays GSO.

A gun-toting “drifter” who traveled with a trove of disguises opened fire on a packed Louisiana movie theater Thursday night, killing two people and wounding nine more. It is unknown when the jury is expected to deliver their verdict on whether 50 Cent must pay punitive damages to Leviston on top of the $5 million she’s already been awarded. Houser had a history of mental health issues, his family said: In 2008, they sought court protection from him because of his “volatile mental state,” documents showed.

Fitty, 40, took the stand Tuesday, telling jurors his high-flying hip-hop lifestyle is just an act – his pricey jewelry is all loaners, and his fleet of luxury cars was almost all rented or leased. “It’s entertainment,” he said of his image. About 100 people were watching a showing of Amy Schumer’s new comedy “Trainwreck” at the Grand Theatre when Houser stood up and started shooting around 7:30 p.m., about 20 minutes into the film.

Houser intended to flee after the attack but committed suicide when two cops — who were already at the cinema when the gunshots rang out — quickly responded to the scene, police said. “He was intent on shooting and then escaping,” Police Chief Jim Craft said at a Friday morning press conference, noting that Houser tried to leave through a back door. “The quick law enforcement response sent him back into the theater.” Officers raided Houser’s room at the Lafayette Motel 6, which he moved into earlier this month, and found an array of disguises, including glasses and wigs, Craft said. He graduated from Alabama’s Faulkner University with a law degree, the school confirmed Friday. “There’s never a good explanation for why these things happen,” he said on CNN News Friday. “It’s a very frustrating and seemingly random act of violence.” The nine injured victims range in age from teens to 60s, police said.

Domingue said she was inside theater No. 14 at the 16-screen multiplex when she spotted an “older white” man standing up at the rear of the cinema and firing into the seats in front of him. “He wasn’t saying anything. More lives may have been saved by a pair of quick-thinking teachers, one of whom pulled the fire alarm despite being shot in the leg, their friend said. The heroic two — identified as Jena Meaux, a librarian at Jeanerette High School, and Ali Martin, an English teacher at the school — were both injured but are expected to survive. “We were buying popcorn at the concession stand when we saw a whole group of people — teenagers mostly — run out telling us, ‘Run for your lives!’ ” one witness told CNN affiliate KATC. A movie theater across town was also closed out of caution as police cars patrolled the parking lot, The Advertiser reported. “If you look at the number of Americans killed since 9/11 by terrorism, it’s less than 100.

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