50 Cent has been charged with domestic violence after attacking his ex-girlfriend and trashing her condo, city attorney Mike Feur said Wednesday.
The Queens rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was charged with domestic violence and four counts of vandalism in papers filed Monday. He faces up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines if convicted.
The victim told police that she had been in a three-year relationship with the 37-year-old, and said that he began destroying her property after an argument. She also said she locked herself in a bathroom and 50 kicked open the door and then kicked her, "causing an injury." According to a news release, the woman and 50 have a child together.
Police estimated about $7,100 worth of damage done to the woman's Los Angeles condo, including broken furniture, chandeliers, and a television.
"Regardless of perceived celebrity or notoriety, domestic violence is a serious crime and alleged perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by this office," Feuer said. "We will continue to look out for the safety of all victims of domestic violence and seek justice for the alleged crimes."
50 Cent is due for arraignment July 22.
In May, the "Many Men" rapper helped pay for the funeral of 14-year-old girl who was killed in Queens. D'aja Robinson was shot and killed as she sat on a Q6 bus that was idling at the corner of Rockaway and Sutphin Boulevards. The teenager was returning from a Sweet 16. Police didn't believe that Robinson was the intended target.
50 Cent, who survived being shot nine times, wrote on Facebook, "People always try and paint negative images about me I’m the most genuine down to earth person and I didn’t forget where I came from I came through for baby girl by providing a horse and carriage for her."