Rapper 50 Cent has been sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service after striking a plea deal to avoid jail time in his domestic violence case. The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, was hit with one count of misdemeanour domestic violence and four of misdemeanour vandalism following a heated dispute with his ex, model Daphne Joy, in June (13), when he is accused of kicking her and causing $7,100 (£4,730) in property damage.
He initially faced up to five years behind bars after pleading not guilty to the allegations, but managed to work out a deal with prosecutors to keep him out of jail and instead pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanour vandalism on Monday (28Oct13).
The hip-hop star was ordered to serve three years probation and perform community service, while he must also attend counselling sessions and pay $7,100 in restitution to Joy.
In exchange, California authorities agreed to drop the domestic violence charge, according to TMZ.com.
A previous restraining order banning 50 Cent from contacting Joy, who is rumoured to have had a child by the rapper, will remain in place.
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There's not a single reason to wonder about any of the things that happen to Hawke's former racecar driver/reformed criminal — forced to carry out a series of felonious commands by a mysterious stranger who is holding his wife hostage — because there doesn't seem to be a single ounce of thought poured into him beyond what he see. We learn, via exposition delivered by him to gun-toting computer whiz Selena Gomez, that he "did some bad things" before meeting the love of his life and deciding to put that all behind him. Then, we stop learning. We stop thinking. We start crashing into police cars and Christmas trees and power plants.
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The "gradual" reversal of their relationship is treated like something we should root for. But with so little meat packed into either character, the interwoven scenes of Hawke and Gomez warming up to each other and becoming a team in the quest to save the former's wife serve more than anything else as a breather from all the grotesque, impatient, deliberately unappealing scenes of city wreckage.
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Rapper 50 Cent has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence charges in a Los Angeles court on Monday (05Aug13). The In Da Club hitmaker was charged with one count of misdemeanour domestic violence and four counts of misdemeanour vandalism stemming from a June (13) incident with model Daphne Joy, who is reportedly the mother of his child.
Joy alleges that the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, kicked her and trashed her house during an argument.
In court on Monday, a judge ordered Jackson to stay away from Joy and hand over his weapons collection, according to TMZ.com. He was also served with more papers, reportedly relating to the case, as he was leaving the courthouse.
Jackson has maintained his innocence.
In a statement to TMZ.com in July (13), his attorney said, "Curtis Jackson denies these allegations as made against him... We have been in contact with the L.A. City Attorney's Office and are currently conducting our own investigation into these allegations."
50 Cent is due back in court next month (Sep13) for another hearing. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail.
50 Cent's arraignment on domestic violence and vandalism charges has been postponed until 5 August (13). The rapper's attorneys requested the delay so they can arrange for their client to appear in court to face charges he attacked a former girlfriend in her home in Toluca Lake, California in June (13).
Daphne Joy dated the hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, for three years and reportedly shares a child with the rap star.
Reports suggest 50 Cent destroyed $7,100 (£4,700) worth of property, and left the scene before police arrived.
He faces up to five years behind bars, according to prosecutors.
Rapper 50 Cent has cut his son and ex-girlfriend out of his will following a vicious family feud. On Monday (08Jul13) reports emerged suggesting the Candy Shop hitmaker had disowned Marquise, his teenage son with Shaniqua Tompkins, via text after screen shots of their private phone conversation were leaked online.
During their chat, the hip-hop star, real name Curtis Jackson, insinuated the 16 year old wasn't his rightful child by asking him to get a DNA test, before adding, "I will have nothing to do with you. Don't text me ever again... Delete my number."
A short while later he took to Twitter.com to announce he had adjusted his estate plan to exclude Marquise and his ex from his will, proclaiming he would leave the majority of his assets to the daughter of his tragic former manager, Tiffany Lighty, an aspiring filmmaker who recently starred in a Forbes magazine photo shoot with the Grammy winner.
He wrote, "I rewrote my will today now when I pass away all my physical property's and MOST of my money go's to charities and TIFFANY LIGHTY so when I'm done she can be 50cent (sic)".
Afterwards, the 38 year old used his social networking account to clarify reports suggesting the text messages had been intended for Marquise, insisting Tompkins had also been using the boy's phone to communicate with the rapper.
He tweeted, "That was his mother texting me as him.she sold that to a web site.she hate me for Winning, it's hard to replace me. Read the text carefully you will see what I'm saying (sic)."
50 Cent has had a rough few weeks - earlier this month (Jul13) he was charged with domestic violence after allegedly attacking his former girlfriend, Daphne Joy. He was also dropped from the performance bill at an upcoming Major League Baseball event amid the controversy.
Hip-hop superstar 50 Cent will no longer perform as part of a Major League Baseball party in New York this weekend (13-14Jul13), days after he was charged with domestic violence. The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, had already pulled out of plans to make an in-store promotional appearance in Birmingham, England on Monday (08Jul13), and now his name has been removed from the line-up for the MLB All-Star Bash at Manhattan's Roseland Ballroom on Sunday (14Jul13), reports TMZ.com.
50 Cent had been booked to attend the bash, but an online advertisement for the event now only promises two "surprise performances" for attendees.
It is not yet known if MLB organisers dropped him from the gig or if the rapper axed the show himself.
50 Cent faces one misdemeanour for domestic violence and four counts of vandalism following allegations he attacked his ex-girlfriend, Daphne Joy, at her California home on 23 June (13), causing over $7,000 (£4,516) in damages. He has vehemently denied the charges.
Rapper 50 Cent (née Curtis Jackson) denies that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend (who also told police she had a three-year relationship with the musician that resulted in a child), the AP reports.
The woman, who remains unnamed, told police that during a June 23 argument, 50 Cent (Cent? 50? Jackson? What's the protocal here?) destroyed property in her Los Angeles condo until she locked herself in her bedroom. 50 Cent then allegedly kicked open the door, harming the woman in the process. Police estimate the damage done to the woman's home is worth $7,100.
In papers filed Monday, 50 Cent was charged with domestic violence and four counts of vandalism. According to the AP (via The Huffington Post), he faces up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines if convicted. 50 Cent's attorney told the AP (via USA Today) that there's no warrant outstanding on the domestic violence and vandalism charges he faces.
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Rapper 50 Cent appears to have made light of the domestic violence charges he is facing by posting a number of humorous pictures online to show fans he is not in jail. The hip-hop star, real name Curtis Jackson, has been accused of attacking a former girlfriend at her home in California last month (Jun13) and he is facing five misdemeanour charges - one for domestic violence and four for vandalism - stemming from the alleged incident.
The In Da Club hitmaker now appears to have addressed his legal drama in a series of humours posts on Instagram.com, publishing pictures of himself at home to prove he is "not in jail".
A picture which shows him in his kitchen is captioned, "I'm not in jail I'm in my kitchen fool," while another which shows him relaxing in his lounge is titled "I'm not in jail I'm on my Gucci couch".
The pictures also show him by his home swimming pool and in a casino, while a final image of him playing piano is captioned, "Ok I'm not in jail but if I go I'm taking this piano with me."
50 Cent will celebrate his 38th birthday on Saturday (06Jul13).
Hip-hop superstar 50 Cent has denied allegations of domestic violence following a reported attack on his ex-girlfriend. The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, has been slapped with five misdemeanours - one for domestic violence and four for vandalism - after police were called to the Los Angeles home of his former lover, Daphne Joy, on 23 June (13).
He is accused of kicking down the door to a bedroom, where Joy had been hiding, and causing over $7,000 (£4,516) in damages.
50 Cent was said to have left the property before cops arrived on the scene, and although he has not been arrested, prosecutors filed charges against him on Wednesday (03Jul13).
The rapper's New York lawyer, Scott Leemon, has been in touch with California authorities to straighten out the situation and he insists 50 Cent is innocent.
Leemon tells the New York Daily News, "Curtis Jackson denies these allegations as made against him. It is important to note Mr. Jackson has not been arrested and there is no warrant outstanding for his arrest...
"(We) are currently conducting our own investigation into these allegations."
He faces up to five years behind bars and a maximum of $46,000 (£29,677) in fines if convicted of the charges. He is expected to appear in court for his arraignment on 22 July (13).
50 Cent is rumoured to have fathered a child with Joy last year (12), but he has only publicly confirmed being a dad to his 16-year-old son Marquise with ex Shaniqua Tompkins.