Rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson was called out for throwing wads of cash in a strip club after having filed a petition for bankruptcy earlier this month.
The bankruptcy petition came after Jackson lost two high-stakes lawsuits. One suit was filed by Lastonia Leviston, who claimed the rapper acquired a video she made with her boyfriend, added himself as a crude commentator to it, and then published it online without her consent. The jury ordered the rapper to pay $5 million in damages as a result of the invasion of privacy lawsuit.
The rapper filed his assets and liabilities as being between $10 to $50 million, indicating that his debts are mainly consumer rather than business-related. However, Leviston’s lawyer insinuated in Manhattan civil court that Jackson has money to pay the damages, but simply refuses to, according to Business Insider.
The “Get Rich or Die Tryin” rapper admitted the cash-throwing incident in open court and defended his actions as part of his “grand activation” plan to promote his brand. Throwing wads of cash into the air at the strip club was part of his marketing strategy, as he explained to the court:
“It was on the itinerary. It was part of the same grand activation I was telling you about from me attending New York and going to Miami and then Los Angeles. Generating new interest. So, I then open up new opportunities.”