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Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson broke the Internet today, but probably not for the reason he wanted. Monday, the “Get Rich or Die Trying” rapper filed for bankruptcy in Connecticut just three days after a New York jury ordered the emcee to pay Lavonia Leviston $5 million for invading her privacy.

Back in 2009, Jackson posted a video—complete with lewd commentary—of Leviston and a former boyfriend having sex on his website to embarrass fellow rapper Rick Ross with whom Leviston has a child. When she found out what happened, Leviston sued Jackson for invasion of privacy and won. She was awarded $2.5 million for the privacy violation and another $2.5 million for emotional duress.

Jackson was slated to deliver his financial information to the New York jury on Monday so they could decide if any other punitive damages will be awarded to Leviston, but he filed for bankruptcy instead, delaying the process.

Twitter erupted with jokes about Jackson’s financial situation, but the rapper said his bankruptcy filing is purely a business move.

“I’m taking the precautions that any other good businessperson would take in this situation,” Jackson said during the press junket for his upcoming film Southpaw. “You know when you’re successful and stuff, you become a target. I don’t wanna be a bullseye. I don’t want anybody to pick me as the guy that they just come to with astronomical claims and go through all that.”

While court documents lists both Jackson’s consumer debts and assets at between $10 and $50 million, Forbes put his net worth around $155 million in May.

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  • PrimmestPlum

    So, let me get this straight. 50 Cent was mad at Rick Ross for whatever reason, so he posts a video of NOT Rick Ross, but Rick Ross’ ex/baby’s mother having sex with her current boyfriend?

    He deserved to lose every single penny he had.

    • ZORINO

      This fool was stupid enough to be the sex tape’s narrator, and he even makes appearances in said tape.

      He promises to eff up Rick Ross’ life for fun in 6 months max, and that was back in 2009. Ironically, Ross got bigger ever since their beef.

  • Mary Burrell

    You know what they say about fools and their money.

  • Mary Burrell

    And i can’t stand him he’s an arrogant turd

  • Mary Burrell

    Karma is a blade that is twice as sharp on the way back

  • binks

    This is why I don’t believe those Forbes’ ranking list. A lot of people think these celebrities got bank but usually their money is tied up or hinders on other contracts and people. But I do not feel sorry in the least for Curtis Jackson (not calling this grown man 50 cents) because what he did was absolutely disgusting and I am glad the victim got rewarded because whatever he felt towards Rick Ross at the time should have been between him and Rick Ross. This is why I never respected Jackson, he always had to bring other people in to his beefs but was quiet as a mouse when Chelsea Handler was going in on him.