Rapper 50 Cent says bankruptcy filing is ‘strategic business move’

July 14, 2015

Rapper 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday (July 13), reporting debts and assets in the range of $10 million to $50 million.

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The 40-year-old artist¬†called the voluntary Chapter 11 filing in a Connecticut bankruptcy court a “strategic business move” that would not affect fans.

“They won’t see any adjustments … I’m clear on my target and I’m not going to allow myself to fall apart based on little things,” 50 Cent told Reuters in Los Angeles while promoting his forthcoming film “Southpaw.”

Lawyers for the “Get Rich or Die Tryin” singer filed court papers in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Hartford under the musician’s real name, Curtis James Jackson III.

It came two months after 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy protection for his SMS Promotions boxing promotion company, and three days after the rapper was ordered by a Manhattan court to pay $5 million in damages to a woman over a sex tape posted online in 2009.

In May, Forbes named 50 Cent as one of the five wealthiest hip-hop artists in the United States with a net worth of $155 million, largely from his business interests in clothing, beverages and music technology.

50 Cent has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 2010. He has also worked as an actor, appearing in the 2008 film “Righteous Kill,” and as a boxing promoter.

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His latest movie “Southpaw,” in which he plays a manipulative manager and boxing promoter, is due for release in U.S. movie theaters next week.

 

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