America Popular rapper Curtis Jackson widely known as “50 Cent” has reportedly been denied of his attempt to delay proceedings in a legal case involving a sex tape he was alleged to have leaked online.
The rapper, who declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy after a jury rendered a $5 million verdict against him in the case, lost a bid to keep an automatic stay in the case in place. Which means that a jury can go forward in determining whether punitive damages can be levied on the hip-hop mogul.
Earlier this month, a jury awarded $5 million to Leviston, and proceedings to determine punitive damages were to follow. Jackson quickly filed bankruptcy.
On Monday, Leviston filed a motion for relief from the automatic stay that the case would have been placed on the case as part of the Bankruptcy Code, contending, among other things, that a verdict had already been entered and that “the only matter left to resolve in the State Court is whether there are punitive damages to be awarded.”
Jackson’s legal team fired off an objection to Leviston’s motion on Thursday, arguing that he filed bankruptcy “to obtain the full protections of the bankruptcy laws, including the benefit of the automatic stay, in order to reorganize his financial affairs in a reasonable and timely manner.”
The objection also played up Jackson’s modest upbringing, noting, “Given the publicity that Mr. Jackson’s Chapter 11 filing has triggered, it is easy to forget that Mr. Jackson grew up in poverty in South Jamaica, a rough neighborhood of Queens, New York.”
But bankruptcy judge Ann M. Nevins wasn’t buying Jackson’s argument. On Friday, she ruled in Leviston’s favor writing, “the automatic stay … is hereby terminated” and that the New York State Supreme Court “may proceed to the entry of a judgment.”