Thursday 25 May 2017

50 Cent to pay out over sex tape

Rapper 50 Cent was ordered to pay out 5 million US dollars by a jury in New York
Rapper 50 Cent was ordered to pay out 5 million US dollars by a jury in New York

Someone else's sex tape is proving to be costly for rapper 50 Cent.

A New York jury has ordered the rapper-actor to pay 5 million US dollars (£3.2 million) to a woman who said he acquired a video she made with her boyfriend, added himself as a crude commentator and posted it online without her permission.

Jurors made that award yesterday and are set to deliberate next week on possible further, punitive damages in Lastonia Leviston's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the Get Rich or Die Tryin' rapper.

One of his lawyers, William Brewer III, said they were disappointed in the verdict.

Ms Leviston's lawyer, Philip Freidin, declined to comment.

The rapper said he did not actually post the video but that Leviston's then-boyfriend said she would not mind.

Ms Leviston said she was horrified and humiliated when it appeared in 2009.

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