While the domestic violence charges against 50 Cent, have been dismissed, he has lost his guns. It has been reported that the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has been given three years probation. The judge hearing the case, informed 50 Cent that he had a restraining order forbidding him from having any contact with his former girlfriend and he also had all his guns confiscated by the court.
Scott Leeman, the performer’s lawyer, released a statement saying that the rapper had reached an “agreement” with the Los Angeles prosecutor. In the agreement, 50 Cent pleaded “no contest” to the lesser charge of vandalism. This related to the apartment door that he kicked in when forcing his way into his ex girlfriend’s bedroom and items damaged during the argument that took place in June.
The lawyer explained that this plea resulted in all the other charges being dropped, including the one for domestic violence. As well as the restraining order, also known as a protective order, 50 Cent must do 30 days community service; take domestic violence classes and be on probation for three years. He also loses all his guns.
The charges were brought against the 37-year-old entertainer after he was arrested for an altercation with his ex girlfriend at her condominium and allegedly assaulting her. Apparently, after forcing his way into her Toluca Lake, California home in June this year, she locked herself into her bedroom. He then reportedly kicked room’s door down and injured his former girlfriend after kicking her.
It was also claimed that the rapper went through the condo destroying furniture, a lamp, chandeliers and a television. All of the damaged items came to an estimated $7,100 and it was reported that he also damaged a bedroom closet.
50 Cent hit the headlines in June when he went on a rampage after having an argument with his ex-girlfriend Daphne Joy, who may or may not be the mother of his child. Apparently, the two have the child in common, but, when investigated by TMZ, it was revealed that the child’s father’s name had been left off the birth certificate. The child does share Jackson’s last name, but the absence of the rapper’s name on the document may have prompted the disagreement.
The Get Rich or Die Tryin’ performer was also ordered to pay the $7,100 value placed on the damage he caused as well as legal fines of $2,390. He was instructed to keep at least 100 yards away from Joy and have no contact with her. He was also ordered to get rid of his guns by either turning them in or selling them to a licensed gun dealer.
Jackson’s lawyer said that his client was pleased at the outcome of the case which is not surprising as he could have been sentenced to five years in jail and been ordered to pay up to $46,000 in fines. 50 Cent may have lost his guns, but he got the lesser sentence of unsupervised probation and had the domestic violence charges dropped. The rapper has not talked of the birth certificate issue or the loss of revenue from companies who distanced themselves from the performer after he was charged initially.
By Michael Smith