50 Cent has issued a written apology to the family of the autistic Cincinnati airport employee he previously mocked in an Instagram video.
“While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, please accept my sincere apologies for offending you,” the rapper wrote. “It was certainly not my intent to insult you and I wish you and your family well.”
Andrew Farrell, 19, and his family accepted the apology via a statement to a local news station. “A great lesson can be learned from this heartbreaking situation. Regardless of the way that another person appears to you, it is never okay to publicly humiliate them via social media. We hope that this situation brings more awareness to what people with autism and other forms of social anxiety suffer through on a daily basis.”
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was in the Cincinnati airport when he took notice of Farrell and began recording him, accusing him of being high on drugs.
“Look at him,” Jackson says in the video. “What kind of shit you think he took before he got to work today? He high as a motherf–ker right here in the airport. Pupils dilated and everything. The new generation is f–king crazy.”