Rapper 50 Cent Has Been Ordered To Pay $5 Million Dollars To Lastonia Leviston (Rick Ross Baby Mamma)
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Lastonia Leviston (Rick Ross Baby Mamma)
A jury ordered the rapper 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 the humiliating end result online without her permission.
And the Manhattan jurors are set to continue deliberating next week on possible further, punitive damages in Lastonia Leviston's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the multiplatinum-selling Get Rich or Die Tryin' artist.
Attorney William A. Brewer III says 50 Cent and his legal team are 'disappointed in the verdict but very appreciative of the service of the jury and the court.'
Leviston's lawyer, Philip Freidin, declined to comment on the award.
The lawsuit stems from a 13-minute video that appeared online in 2009 featuring a wig-wearing 50 Cent as a narrator dubbed Pimpin' Curly.
The character made explicit remarks about Leviston and taunted rap rival Rick Ross, who wasn't in the video but has a daughter with Leviston.
At the time the video surfaced, Ross and 50 Cent were trading barbs via video, lyrics and interviews.
50 Cent got the 2008 tape from the man in it, Leviston's boyfriend at the time.
The rapper and his lawyers said that 50 Cent didn't actually post the video but that Leviston's then-boyfriend said she wouldn't mind if he did, and he thought that would suffice.
But Leviston, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, said she was horrified and humiliated when the video appeared online.
'This was something done to me. I didn't have a choice. I would never, ever do this to myself,' she testified, according to news reports.
Born Curtis Jackson, 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 being shot nine times.
Now 40, he's also a businessman — his interests have ranged from mining to water drinks — and an actor whose credits include the Starz network action series 'Power' and the upcoming boxing movie 'Southpaw.'