A judge in Hartford, Conn. has ordered rapper 50 Cent to come to her courtroom and explain several pictures posted on social media websites that showed him playing with piles of cash.
Bankruptcy Judge Ann Nevins told the 40-year-old entertainer’s lawyer that his Instagram photos are raising questions about whether he is being truthful about his financial situation.
The Judge said, “I’m concerned about allegations of nondisclosure and a lack of transparency in the case. There’s a purpose of having a bankruptcy process be transparent, and part of that purpose is to inspire confidence in the process.” Judge Nevins further stated that bankruptcy is a place where “honest, but unfortunate” people can get a fresh start.
The Instagram pictures were brought to the Judge’s attention by Lastonia Leviston, who had earlier won $7 million in a sex-tape dispute but has not been able to collect that money because 50 Cent filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last summer.
In the case, Leviston had accused 50 Cent of posting a video on his website in 2009 as part of a “rap war” between himself and rapper Rick Ross who was Leviston’s ex-boyfriend.
50 Cent’s mortgage lender and his partner is a failed headphone venture are also after him. Together he also owed them about $18 million.
In one Instagram post, 50 Cent is seeing cuddling cash. In another he was arranging bundles to spell out the word “BROKE.” One post also showed him displaying buckets of cash while another portrayed him as keeping wads of dollars in a fridge. In another picture posted on Valentine day, he displayed a heart shaped box of chocolate filled with dollar bills instead of chocolates. In another post, he bragged about being the largest selling artist in a week.
See the Instagram posts below