A Manhattan jury has awarded the mother of Rick Ross’ daughter $5 million in damages against 50 Cent, who leaked a sex tape featuring the woman in 2010.
Lavonia Leviston won $2.5 million in damages for violating her civil rights, and $2.5 million for intentional infliction of emotional distress. The amount can increase next week after the jury considers punitive damages. Leviston’s original lawsuit asked for $20 million.
50 Cent received the tape from Leviston’s ex-boyfriend Maurice Murray while embroiled in a lyrical feud with Rick Ross. 50 edited the tape to include narration from his “Pimpin’ Curly” character and promoted it on his social media site thisis50.com, helping it to generate millions of hits.
In a videotaped deposition, 50 argued that he had permission to use the tape from Murray, who allegedly assured him that Leviston was “cool” with the tape being released online.
At press time, neither Rick Ross nor 50 Cent could be reached for comment.
Ross isn’t exactly having a great year in the courtroom himself, but at least the final word has been given on his issues with 50 Cent.
In recent years, some fans have begun to use the phrase “lost the battle, but won the war” in regards to any battle where someone got roasted lyrically, but went on to have a better career than their opponent. I’ve always found this viewpoint faulty because Hip-Hop battles and careers generally don’t have the scope to be viewed as full-fledged wars.
No matter your stance, it remains clear that the entire Rick Ross beef was one that clearly backfired on 50.