New York jury raise amount owed to Lastonia Leviston from $5m to $7m
50 Cent has been ordered to pay an additional $2m (£1.2m) in damages to the woman whose sex tape he posted online.
The rapper, actor and business mogul (real name Curtis Jackson) had already been told by a court that he must pay Lastonia Leviston $5m (£3.2m) for leaking a sex tape involving her and her then-partner Maurice Murray. Jackson filed for bankruptcy immediately after the judgement.
However, things got even worse for Jackson yesterday when New York City jury has found that the rapper must pay millions more in punitive damages to the woman. Her lawyer had originally urged jurors to award up to $15 million in damages. Jackson’s lawyer said the fee should be nearer $700,000.
The homemade video appeared online five years ago and features footage of Leviston – who is the mother of one of rapper Rick Ross’ children – and her former partner engage in intercourse. The video is spliced with a clip of 50 Cent wearing a wig. In a 2010 lawsuit, Leviston said that Jackson admitted to leaking the tape in an interview in which he repeatedly referred to her as a “call girl”.
When filing for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection at the US Bankruptcy Court in Hartford, Connecticut on July 13, Jackson claimed assets and debts both in the range of $10-50m (£6.5m–£32m).
Jackson has since labelled the declaration as a “strategic business move”, vowing to continue his commercial and financial pursuits.
In fact, 50 Cent recently announced details of a UK arena tour set to take place in November. He will perform three gigs in total.
50 Cent will play the following dates:
Glasgow, SECC (November 4)
Manchester, MEN (6)
Newcastle, Arena (7)