A judge in New York has ruled that 50 Cent can be sued for posting a sex tape featuring the former girlfriend of Rick Ross.
According to the New York Post, New York State Supreme Court Judge Paul Wooten ruled that there was enough evidence to allow a lawsuit against the rapper to proceed. The suit was brought in 2010 by Lastonia Leviston after the rapper allegedly posted a sex tape featuring the woman his website. Wooten wrote in his decision that her diary “reveals that Leviston entertained suicidal ideation as a result of the release of the video tape, and that she was unable to function normally in her daily life.”
50 Cent allegedly bought the homemade video from Leviston’s former boyfriend before posting it to his own website in 2009, the Post reports. The video went viral and received more four million views. The paper reports that although 50 Cent blurred out Leviston’s lover’s face in the video, he left hers recognizable and edited his alter ego ‘Pimpin’ Curly’ into it while referring to Leviston as a “call girl.” Court papers cited by the Post reveal that 50 Cent said his “sole motive [for releasing the video] was to respond to Ross’s ‘disrespecting’ him.”
Leviston filed suit against the rapper in 2010, denying she was a prostitute and seeking unspecified damages.
50 Cent’s lawyer argued that Leviston lied about the incident causing her depression, the paper reports. But the judge decided there was enough evidence to allow a jury to hear her claim of mental suffering.
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