A jury decided today (July 10) that 50 Cent must pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston for posting a sex tape of her, Daily News reports.
According to hiphopdx.com, the rapper must pay damages to Leviston, who has a daughter with Rick Ross, for two counts. The first is for violating her civil rights by posting an image of her without her permission. The second is for intentional affliction of emotional distress. Each count is $2.5 million.
50 Cent was not present at the trial or the verdict.
Rick Ross’ baby mother, Lastonia Leviston appeared in a New York City court earlier this week to speak on the personal damage, which resulted from rapper 50 Cent allegedly putting a sex tape featuring the woman on his website.
Leviston is currently suing 50 Cent over the release of the sex tape, which the Queens, New York lyricist says he did not make public.
According to XXLMag.com, during her appearance in court on June 15, Leviston stated that the release of the video caused her emotional damage.
Additionally, Leviston’s lawyer, Philip Freidin informed jurors that 50 Cent gained a great deal from the release of the sex tape on his website. According to Freidin, the video brought extra traffic to a site where the rapper sold merchandise, concert tickets, and music.
It was previously reported that the sex tape brought in over 3 million views on YouTube.
50 Cent’s lawyer, James Renard attempted to denounce Leviston’s claims in courts, stating that “Her life is better because she filed this lawsuit against Rick Ross’ rival.”
In addition to Leviston’s lawsuit against 50 Cent, 50 is suing Rick Ross. According to the rapper, the Maybach Music Group founder is the one responsible for the sex tape leak.