50 Cent Calls Rick Ross Baby Mama Vindictive For Suing Him
Rapper 50 Cent is asking a federal bankruptcy court to shield him from a Florida woman who, he says, wants her “pound of flesh” after winning a $7 million lawsuit against him.
In papers filed in court in Connecticut, the “Power” star, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, says he’s a potential victim of Lastonia Leviston, the woman who sued him for putting her private sex tape on the internet without asking her permission.
The tape, which Jackson doctored to ridicule her and her ex boyfriend, rap rival Rick Ross, went viral. Last month, a Manhattan jury awarded Leviston $5 million in compensatory damages and $2 million in punitive damages.
Jackson has said he will appeal — and blasted her as vindictive in his bankruptcy filing.
“Ms. Leviston wants her ‘pound of flesh.’ It is not enough that she obtained a jury verdict and assessment of punitive damages. She wants more than that. She wants to punish (Jackson) by continuing to litigate against him in this Bankruptcy case,” Jackson’s lawyer, James Berman, said in new court filings.
Berman said Leviston’s lawyers have already had a crack at questioning Jackson and his accountant when they fought the sex tape case in New York and they should not be allowed to get another crack at questioning Jackson personally — under more liberal bankruptcy court rules — about his finances.
If Leviston wants to know more, Berman says in court papers, bankruptcy Judge Ann Nevins should limit Leviston’s lawyers to asking questions of Fitty’s business managers.
Leviston’s lawyer, Elizabeth Austin, fired back Monday that Jackson “filed this bankruptcy as a strategic move to delay and frustrate (the sex tape case) and since that did not work, (he) is now trying to use the bankruptcy proceeding to frustrate (Leviston’s) attempts to protect her rights as a creditor.”
Austin said Jackson is trying to “hide behind a wall of professionals who appear to have free rein over all of (his) affairs and finances” but he “has a duty to answer to his creditors” about his finances.
Earlier this month, Jackson told a federal bankruptcy trustee in New Haven that he had no paperwork to back up his claim that he loaned his own companies tens of millions of dollars in recent years. He also was very careful to avoid answering most precise questions directly, deferring instead to his lawyers and business manager.
Leviston is the second largest creditor trying to collect from Jackson. The largest is Sleek Audio which is owed more than $17 million from its claim that Jackson stole their idea for headphones.