A Connecticut bankruptcy judge has told rapper 50 Cent that if he’s pleading poverty, he better start acting like he’s broke.
âNothing funny is happening here. This is all very serious business,â Judge Ann Nevins chided the rapper, also known as âFitty,â real name Curtis Jackson.
âI’m not trying to interfere with anyone’s right to exercise their freedom of expression. But I would appreciate if we could keep the tone of this matter very serious,â she warned Wednesday in a Hartford courtroom.
âYou have all been notified. It’s not funny,” she added.
Nevis was likely referring to the rapper’s recent “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” social media posts, including one on Instagram that showed stacks of cash in his fridges.
In another Instagram snap, 50 Cent poses in front of a black BMW i8 with a toy model in front of it and the caption, “One for the little Boss, one for the BIG ONE.” The luxury ride costs $140,000.
“I want to make it very clear that I discourage the use of social media to comment on this case, especially when the parties are in a courtroom or in a conference room,” the judge said.
Fitty filed for bankruptcy last summer, saying he was $28 million in debt. He filed the case just days after a Florida woman, Lastonia Leviston, won a $7 million verdict against him in Manhattan Supreme Court for posting his sex tape online to millions of viewers.
Just months before filing for bankruptcy, Fitty’s net worth was $155 million, according to Forbes. And weeks before claiming he was broke, The New York Times featured him as a “Renaissance man” with “exceptional business instincts” in a profile.
The rapper, who showed up to court wearing ripped blue jeans and a camouflage jacket, grimaced as he listened to the judge.
Despite his casual attire and social media transgressions, the judge applauded the entertainer for showing up in court.
“By being present, Mr. Jackson has made significant progress in moving this case forward,” Judge Nevins said.
Asked about the postings after the hearing, Fitty said he heard the judge’s warning.
“Instagram? No, it’s not me anymore,” he promised.
The case is due back in court in May when the rapper’s lawyers release information about new business deals he is involved in, according to his lawyer Patrick Neligan.
“We’re trying to be very careful and get things done as quickly as possible,” Neligan said.