Curtis James Jackson III, aka 50 Cent, made headlines when he laid claim to his own name, filing for bankruptcy in what appeared to be a smart -if very sneaky – move to combat the multi-million dollar suit filed against him by ex girlfriend Lastonia Leviston.
Leviston successfully collected damages from Jackson, who was sued over the alleged leaking of a 2008 sex tape featuring the pair. In court, she likened the impact of the leak to “being stabbed in the heart.”
Now, Leviston has showed the court a trio of his recent Instagram posts, featuring mounds of cold, hard cash. Lots of it. Everywhere – including his fridge. One photo goes so far as to show Fiddy spelling out the word “BROKE” in cash, as though directly mocking the situation.
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Presiding over the case is Judge Ann Nevins, who has now called the rapper back into court, as the images throw serious doubt onto his whole bankruptcy claim. “I’m concerned about allegations of nondisclosure and a lack of transparency in the case,” Judge Nevins told a hearing last Thursday in Connecticut. “There’s a purpose of having a bankruptcy process be transparent, and part of that purpose is to inspire confidence in the process.”
After being ordered to pay Leviston $7 million last year, Fiddy filed for bankruptcy and listed his assets as worth $16 million, a considerable markdown from the some $155 million he had previously reported.
Now, his lawyers have responded to the posts, claiming that they had been filed in court as a way to “disingenuously smear” the rapper.
“By including pictures from [Mr. Jackson’s] social media accounts and implying that [he] is hiding assets…the [three creditors] intentionally ignore that [Mr. Jackson] is in the entertainment and promotion business and must maintain his brand and image (or those of the products he is promoting),” they said.
The video was reportedly bought and leaked as part of 50 Cent’s longstanding beef with Rick Ross, with whom Leviston has a child.