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NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper 50 Cent, ranked by Forbes as one of hip-hop’s five richest artists, downplayed his wealth on Tuesday as he testified in court about his finances, business deals and the media attention surrounding his recent bankruptcy filing.

The multiplatinum-selling artist, born Curtis Jackson III, appeared in Manhattan state Supreme Court in a proceeding to decide possible additional punitive damages in an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit. A jury has already ordered him to pay $5 million in damages in a lawsuit brought by a woman who said he didn’t have her permission when he released a sex tape she made with a boyfriend.

Questioned by an attorney for the woman, Lastonia Leviston, the musician-actor denied owning many luxury items — including expensive cars and flashy jewelry — saying he rents, borrows and leases instead.

“It’s a borrowed piece of jewelry from the jeweler,” he told Leviston’s lawyer, Philip Freidin, when asked about a photo of a 65-karat ring he posted on his Instagram account.

Leviston sued the “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” rapper after a 13-minute video appeared online showing a wig-wearing 50 Cent crudely narrating and taunting his rival Rick Ross, who was not 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.

Jackson has said Leviston’s then-boyfriend gave him the 2008 tape and that, while he didn’t actually post it online, the boyfriend said she didn’t mind if he did.

“I’m sorry if you feel like I hurt you,” he told Leviston, who was sitting in the gallery.

Days after the jury ordered he pay $5 million, Jackson filed for personal bankruptcy protection in Connecticut. That filing lists his assets and liabilities between $10 million and $50 million.

On Tuesday, his lawyer, James Renard, said he was worth $4.4 million.

Under questioning from Freidin, Jackson said he has been paid as much as $100,000 for appearing at a nightclub and in the movie “Spy.” But he was less revealing about how much he earned from various partnerships, licensing agreements and business deals with larger corporations such as The Walt Disney Co., Intel and Reebok.

“You have to ask my accountant,” he said when asked whether he earned $100 million when vitaminwater was purchased by The Coca-Cola Co. in 2007.

The 40-year-old said he’d never done anything to deny Forbes’ valuation of his net-worth at $155 million.

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11 thoughts on “50 Cent Says Hip-Hop Finances And Lifestyle Are Exaggerated

  1. Amber on said:

    I wont doubt what he is saying either even though he needs to pay this lady. This is nothing new. This is just like people getting upset when a rapper have beaf with another rapper and fans get all worked up. 9 out 10 that is plot to get folks talking and those rappers or celebs go back to their homes with their PR people laughing out stupid folks can believe the nonsense. Any attention is better than no attention.

  2. yaeger on said:

    I have to put this out for Curtis. I keep having these dreams of Curtis being the next action man. Other than the Rock, the others are near being in a retirement home.

  3. RENO2AC on said:

    He’s going through all of this tomfoolery in order to not pay a judgment rendered by the court?!? He could have just settled out of court with the chick from the beginning. It probably would have been cheaper than paying his attorney. I can’t believe this guy is saying that he is only a little of four million dollars. Sheesh!

  4. This man is an idiot, he has something to say about everyone else. A fool and his money are soon parted!!! Pay the lady her money for you being such an ass!!!

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