50 Cent denies accusations of jewellery robbery in Las Vegas

Rapper Curtis Jackson is accused of robbing a man of items worth £158,000 ($250,000)

A representative of rapper 50 Cent has denied accusations that he robbed a man at gunpoint in Las Vegas earlier this month.

The Associated Press reports that a Los Angeles man is claiming the hip-hop star – real name Curtis Jackson – stole jewellery worth £158,000 ($250,000) from LAX Jewelry Co. owner Robert Marin during the incident, which allegedly took place on May 2 near boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s gym. Mayweather, who is not thought to be linked to the alleged crime, was fighting rival Manny Pacquiao in the US city that same weekend.

Las Vegas police have confirmed that they’re investigating the claims, which reportedly left Marin with minor injuries. Jackson’s attorney Scott Leemon has labelled the allegations “baseless and false”.

50 Cent recently received a court date relating to criminal charges that he uploaded a sex tape of fellow rapper Rick Ross’ ex-girlfriend. It has been reported that Curtis Jackson allegedly uploaded an explicit video to YouTube in 2010 featuring Lastonia Leviston, mother to one of Ross’ children, and her then-partner Maurice Murray.

It’s claimed that Jackson posted the video to get revenge on Ross, who has been embroiled in numerous feuds with Jackson in the past.

50 Cent has also offered to sign Zayn Malik to his record label if the One Direction singer opts to pursue a rap career. “If Zayn wants a rap career, just because of who he is, he is going to sell records,” Jackson told The Sun. “But if he wants to be credible he has to be with the right people. I’d happily sign him up to my label, mentor him and have him working with the biggest rappers on the planet.”