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The Hound
04-10-2008, 01:21 AM
HIP hop mogul 50 Cent, Universal Music Group and several of its record labels are being sued for promoting a "gangsta lifestyle" by a 14-year-old boy who says friends of the rapper assaulted him.
The lawsuit filed by James Rosemond and his mother, Cynthia Reed, says Universal Music Group and its labels Interscope Records, G-Unit Records and Shady Records, bear responsibility for the assault because they encourage artists to pursue violent, criminal lifestyles.

The lawsuit also names 50 Cent - whose real name is Curtis Jackson - Violator Management, Violator chief executive Chris Lighty, Tony Yayo, a rapper and a member of 50 Cent's G-Unit hip hop group, and Lowell Fletcher, an employee of Yayo.

All defendants declined to comment.

James says he was assaulted on a Manhattan pavement in March 2007 by four men including Yayo and Fletcher.

The lawsuit claims James was targeted because he was wearing a T-shirt by Czar Entertainment, a management company that represents The Game.

The Game is a former G-Unit rapper who fell out with the group and had become a rival rapper.

In February, Yayo, whose real name is Marvin Bernard, pleaded guilty to harassment and was sentenced to ten days of community service.

Fletcher pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced to nine months in jail.

"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 attack on James was intended to "promote and maintain Yayo and 50 Cent's 'gangsta' image," which was "promoted, marketed and advertised" by record labels.

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,23516681-5012327,00.html

interesting to say the least. could this open up the gates for future lawsuits if found guilty ?

11th Chamber
04-10-2008, 02:36 AM
Dont agree with them beating up Henchmens kid, as Jimmy himself should have gotten it. But sueing 50 for "promoting a gangsta lifestyle" is one of the gayest things Iv ever heard

bad boy T
04-16-2008, 09:15 AM
Good for the teen it don't matter what it about as long as 50 get's the blame even if he inocent.