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NYC Jury: Rapper 50 Cent Must Pay Additional $2 Million in Sex-Tape Lawsuit

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    Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, testifies in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday.

    A New York City jury has found that rapper 50 Cent must pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages to a woman featured in a sex tape posted to the Internet.

    The jurors' decision Friday came two weeks after they ordered the multiplatinum-selling artist to pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston.

    Leviston's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit argues that 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson III, posted online a crudely narrated 13-minute sex tape she made with a boyfriend in 2008. In the video, he taunts rival rapper Rick Ross, who isn't featured in the video but has a child with Leviston.

    After the jury's verdict, Jackson filed for bankruptcy protection in Connecticut.

    A lawyer for Leviston had urged jurors to award her $15 million. Jackson's attorney had asked them to order he pay $700,000.


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