The rapper 50 Cent was charged Wednesday in connection with a domestic violence incident in which authorities say his former girlfriend and the mother of his child was injured.
Born Curtis Jackson, the rapper allegedly began destroying the woman's property during an argument June 23. When she locked herself in her bedroom, Jackson kicked open the door and kicked her, authorities said. Jackson was charged with five criminal counts, including one count of domestic violence and four counts of vandalism.
If convicted on all counts, Jackson could face up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines for allegedly injuring the woman and destroying $7,100 in property during the altercation.
“Regardless of perceived celebrity or notoriety, domestic violence is a serious crime and alleged perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by this office,” City Atty. Mike Feuer said. “We will continue to look out for the safety of all victims of domestic violence and seek justice for the alleged crimes.”
LAPD officers responded to a call June 23 regarding a domestic violence incident at a condo in Toluca Lake.
The woman had previously been in a three-year relationship with Jackson and they have a child together, according to prosecutors.
Responding officers observed broken chandeliers and broken furniture throughout the woman’s condo, authorities said. Officers also reportedly saw a ransacked bedroom closet with the woman’s clothes thrown all over the floor as well as a broken television and lamp.
The rapper/actor was not at the scene when officers arrived.