Judge allows sex-tape case against 50 Cent to proceed

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In this May 17, 2015, photo, 50 Cent reaches the Signboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Friday, July 17, 2015|8:26 p.m.

HARTFORD, Conn.– A federal judge in Connecticut has actually ruled that a lawsuit over a sex tape can continue against rap artist 50 Cent, in spite of his bankruptcy filing.

A New york city jury awarded Lastonia Leviston $5 million last week after determining the rap artist, whose actual name is Curtis Jackson III, didn’t have her approval when he posted online a sexually explicit video she made with her partner.

The jury was to consider compensatory damages Monday, but Jackson declared bankruptcy that day in Connecticut, temporarily stalling Leviston’s suit. Her lawyer alleged Jackson filed for bankruptcy to evade testifying in the New York case.

A lawyer for Jackson didn’t instantly return a message seeking comment on the judge’s ruling Friday.

Leviston’s attorney, Philip Freidin, informs The Hartford Courant he’s delighted the New York case will be resuming Monday.

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