50 Cent appeared on TBS’ “Conan” and said “I need protection. You get a bull’s-eye painted on your back when you’re successful, and it’s public. You become the ideal person for lawsuits.”
Somehow, 50 is the victim and needs the protection.
In the Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent testified in a lawsuit about the sex tape he allegedly posted online. He claimed not being the wealthy rapper that he has been depicted of in the past. (Instagram.com/50Cent)
Forbes estimated the rapper’s fortune to be around $155 million last May, but Jackson’s lawyer painted a far different picture in court Tuesday – stating his client was worth only $4.4 million. This presents a problem considering his $5 million verdict for publishing a sex tape last week, starring rival Rick Ross’ ex-girlfriend.
Jackson explained in court that he has basically been lying on his social media networks, which illustrate his flashy lifestyle. He said, “I take the jewelry and the cars back to the stores,” reported the New York Daily News.
When the judge asked 50 about his 38 million record sales, Jackson said, “I make 10 cents a record.”
Jackson also said he made only $100,000 for the two movies he’s currently in, “Spy” and “Southpaw.” For his current role on Starz’s hit series “Power,” which he also executive-produces, Jackson said he took home only $150,000 from each of its first two seasons.
During his testimony, Jackson said that he was concerned his “brand” had been “tarnished” since his bankruptcy filing. He said, “Now that I filed for bankruptcy, I’m not as cool as I was last week.”
Jackson did manage to squeak out a barely audible apology to Lastonia Leviston, the co-star in his popular sex tape. He said, “I’m sorry if you feel like I hurt you.”
Since being ordered to pay Rick Ross’s “baby mama” $5 million in damages, 50 Cent has all but set fires and looted.
My takeaway from this is that it costs you sometimes, to be vindictive.