50 Cent Appears In Court For Sextape Trial, Claims His Riches Are An Illusion
50 Cent claimed he's not as rich as he seems in court on Tuesday (July 21).
50 Cent finally appeared in court for his trial against Rick Ross’ child’s mother Lastonia Leviston. After a ruling that the rapper/mogul pay Leviston $5 million for a 2009 sextape leak at the height of his beef with the MMG boss, Fif made a claim to a Manhattan Supreme Court judge that he was not as rich as he seems.
According to the New York Post, 50 Cent now claims that he is worth $4.4 million, a striking contrast to the $150 million reported by Forbes earlier this year. In reference to his flashy cars and jewelry, the G-Unit general maintains that the vehicles were rented and the jewels were borrowed from his jeweler. He also claimed that his has just three gold chains – which he takes to the jeweler to redesign – and that he dons Casio G-Shock watches, as opposed to Rolex timepieces.
“It’s like music videos, they say action and you see all these fancy cars but everything goes back to the dealership,” he said, the Post reports.
50 Cent also alleges that he made a total of $3.8 million from his 38 million records sold worldwide. Admitting that his Connecticut estate includes a basketball court and nightclub, Fif also divulged that he was paid $100,000 for a day of filming Spy, and recently collected $200,000 for a concert appearance in London.
“You gotta smile when you’re in a public situation. If you’re crying they’re just having more fun with you,” he said.
Since his bankruptcy filing last week, 50 Cent’s lawyer told the judge that the rapper’s bank account is nearing zero because of debts owed. He also offered an apology to Leviston: “I’m sorry if you feel like I hurt you.”