How complicated is the legal web that 50 Cent is currently ensnared in? He’s now suing his own former lawyers.
“Get Rich or Die Tryin'” rapper 50 Cent, who’s currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings after being odered to pay $7 million for posting a sex tape of Lastonia Leviston online, has now filed suit against a group of attorneys who previously represented him and who, he claims, bungled his dealings with a company to release a line of headphones.
The suit, filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Connecticut, names law firm Garvet Schubert Barer, as well as attorneys who formerly and currently work for the firm, as defendants.
The rapper — real name: Curtis Jackson — claims that he retained the firm in 2010 and, among other services, the firm represented him in setting up a deal with Sleek Audio to market a line of headphones.
But, the complaint alleges, one of the attorneys failed to “adequately advise Jackson of the risks of entering into business with Sleek” despite identifying “a number of deficiencies in Sleek’s corporate books.”
Jackson claims to have invested “a total of over $2 million in investments” in Sleek. When the deal went south, Sleek went into arbitration and, the lawsuit claims, the firm once again failed to adequately represent him, resulting in “an eight-figure award in Sleek’s favor.”
The lawsuit claims that Jackson’s relationship with the firm continued “until at least December 2014.”
The rapper is asking for $25 million in damages, plus another $50 million in punitive damages.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.