Published Apr 10, 2008Well, it looks like 50 Cent is too gangsta for his own good. The superstar rapper, Universal Music Group and several of its labels were sued Wednesday by a 14-year-old boy for promoting a "gangsta lifestyle.
According to a report from Reuters, the lawsuit was filed after the boy said friends of 50 Cent assaulted him, leading the 14-year-old and his mother to lay blame on Universals Interscope Records, G-Unit Records and Shady Records. The mother/son pair alleges that the labels encourage their artists to pursue violent, criminal lifestyles, which in turn led to the assault.
The boy, whos name is James Rosemond, said he was beat down in Manhattan, NY in March, 2007 by four men, one of whom is a member of 50 Cents G-Unit squad, Tony Yayo. Rosemond said he was targeted by the group because he was wearing a T-shirt by Czar Entertainment, who represents former G-Unit MC and now rival rapper the Game.
"The members of G-Unit, including defendants Yayo and 50 Cent, encouraged, sanctioned, approved and condoned its members threatening violence, and or engaging in violent acts in furtherance of its business, the lawsuit said. The suit also went on to state the attack was intended to "promote and maintain Yayo and 50 Cents gangsta image, which was "promoted, marketed and advertised by the record labels, Reuters reported.
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