50 Cent files for bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion

Rap­per lost in­va­sion-of-pri­vacy law­suit

Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY PAT EA­TON-ROBB

50 Cent filed for fed­eral bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion Mon­day, days af­ter a jury or­dered him to pay $5 mil­lion in an in­va­sion-of-pri­vacy law­suit.

The rap­per-ac­tor, whose real name is Curtis Jack­son III, filed for Chap­ter 11 bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Hart­ford. He owns a 50,000square-foot man­sion nearby.

The fil­ing lists both the as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties for the “Get Rich or Die Tryin”' artist as be­tween $10 mil­lion and $50 mil­lion and in­di­cates his debts are pri­mar­ily con­sumer and not busi­ness re­lated.

The fil­ing comes af­ter a New York jury on Fri­day or­dered Jack­son to pay $5 mil­lion to a woman who said he ac­quired a video she made with her boyfriend, added him­self as a crude com­men­ta­tor and posted it online with­out her per­mis­sion.

“Mr. Jack­son's busi­ness in­ter­ests will con­tinue un­af­fected in the or­di­nary course dur­ing the pen­dency of the Chap­ter 11 case,” at­tor­ney Wil­liam A. Brewer III said in a state­ment. “This fil­ing for per­sonal bank­ruptcy pro­tec­tion per­mits Mr. Jack­son to con­tinue his in­volve­ment with var­i­ous busi­ness in­ter­ests and con­tinue his work as an en­ter­tainer.”

The law­suit stems from a 13minute video that ap­peared online in 2009, fea­tur­ing a wig-wear­ing 50 Cent as a nar­ra­tor dubbed Pimpin' Curly.

50 Cent burst to the fore of gangsta rap with 2003's “Get Rich or Die Tryin,”' its lead sin­gle, “In Da Club,” and a tough life story that in­cluded hav­ing been shot nine times.

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