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Rapper 50 Cent in Florida court regarding lawsuit
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Rapper 50 Cent in Florida court regarding lawsuit

Rapper 50 Cent in Florida court regarding lawsuit
The rapper known as 50 Cent sits in Palm Beach County court Thursday morning, August 28, 2014. (Lannis Waters/The Palm Beach Post)

Rapper 50 Cent in Florida court regarding lawsuit

Curtis Jackson III, the rapper known as 50 Cent, was at a Florida courthouse Thursday morning.

The rapper and his attorneys entered the Palm Beach County courthouse around 9 a.m. to attend a hearing regarding a lawsuit with an audio company, which was settled in arbitration.

Jackson, dressed casually in a dark button-down shirt, black slacks and gold-tipped suede sneakers, smiled at onlookers and even posed for pictures while he was waiting for his hearing to begin.

Jackson was ordered to pay $16 million to headphone company Sleek Audio in April. A court ruled that he had stolen designs from the company and marketed very similar designs as his own in a separate venture, according to MTV.

U.S. District Court records also show that Jackson filed a complaint against Sleek Audio in federal court in Sept. 2013 regarding a purportedly vague arbitration hearing, claiming that an arbitrator was biased against him due to his race, status as a high-profile rapper and association with members of the Nation of Islam and other controversial figures.

Jackson is being represented by West Palm Beach attorney John Mariani of Shutts & Bowen, LLP, according to court records.

After an early life of crime, drugs and violence, Jackson turned to a career as a rapper, according to Biography.com. He was promoted by hip-hop legends Dr. Dre and Eminem, and he became a star with his debut release, Get Rich or Die Tryin’, in 2003. That album is listed as the 10th-best selling rap album of all time with 8.1 million copies sold, according to complex.com. He is considered one of the major figures in early 21st century “gangsta” rap.”

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