NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Now 50 Cent’s even poorer.
A Manhattan jury on Friday said the rapper should pay Lastonia Leviston’s $2 million in punitive damages on top of the $5 million they already found he should pay her for posting her sex tape online for millions to see.
“I’ve been served justice by the courts and vindicated by God,” a beaming Leviston said afterwards.
As for her tormentor — who was not in court — she said, “I hope he learned a lesson.”
The $2 million award was less than the $15 million Leviston’s lawyer had asked for earlier in the day, but more than the $700,000 than Fitty’s lawyers had recommended.
“We had to compromise. Some wanted (to award) more, some wanted less,” said the jury foreman, Tom Evans, 72.
“What we came up with seemed to be balanced kind of equation.”
None of the jurors bought the cries of poverty from the rap star, who filed for bankruptcy last week in an admitted bid to stop the jurors from slapping him with a punitive damages award after awarding Leviston $5 million for having her civil rights violated and emotional distress.
“He has it. He’s 50 Cent. You know he has more than 50 cents,” said another juror, Sylvia Rodriguez.
“I don’t think he’s broke. If anything he has it hidden,” she said.