50 Cent Loses Sex Tape Lawsuit, Files For Bankruptcy
After a month-long trial, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has been ordered to pay $5 million to plaintiff Lastonia Leviston, who is mother to rapper Rick Ross’ son, the New York Daily News reports.
Leviston’s sex tape with an ex-boyfriend went viral after Jackson promoted it on his website in 2009 without her permission. Friday, a jury delivered the $5 million verdict. Leviston was awarded $2.5 million due to her civil rights being violated by Jackson and another $2.5 million for intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Unfortunately for the “Power” actor, the courts may order him to kick out a few more million after a jury meets this week to determine how much he should be required to pay in punitive damages. Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten ordered Jackson’s lawyers to submit the rapper’s tax returns and financial net worth statements from the past five years for the jury to review.
Monday, Jackson filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, just days after the ruling. According to The Wall Street Journal, Jackson listed both his assets and debts in the range of $10 million to $50 million.