A federal judge Thursday refused to let the music entrepreneur duck a state trial by filing a federal bankruptcy petition for his boxing promotion company.
Judge Katherine Failla separated the two cases at the request of a young Florida mother who accuses the rapper, real name Curtis Jackson, of humiliating her and invading her privacy by posting a video on the Internet of her having sex with a boyfriend.
50 Cent insists that his rival, rapper Rick Ross, is the culprit, but Lastonia Leviston, 36, says Jackson posted the video in 2009 to taunt Ross because he knew that Ross is the father of her child. She said the fact that it got 4 million viewers made her deeply depressed and suicidal.
Lawyers were supposed to start picking a jury Tuesday in state court, but that was postponed after 50 Cent without warning made the bankruptcy filing for SMS Promotions.
SMS is not a defendant in the Leviston case and the bankruptcy of just one of Jackson’s companies is no indication that he’s poor.
50 Cent, who reportedly cleared $100 million in the sale of shares in VitaminWater, has a 52-room home worth millions in Farmington, Conn.
Leviston’s lawyer said jury selection should begin Monday.