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Posted by Robert
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9/24/2003 5:22:29 AM

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50 CENT has been forced to re-shoot an X-rated video after it was banned from TV. The promo for P.I.M.P saw the rapper writhing with a group of topless girls and grabbing another from behind.

But the action was too raunchy for MTV, or the shows CD:UK and Top Of The Pops, which refused to screen it.

To get round the ban the three-minute promo was filmed again — at a cost of £250,000 — with the girls wearing their tops.

The flagship music channels will now screen it — though only after the 9pm watershed.

But the vid is still too much for CD:UK, who were also concerned about the explicit lyrics.

P.I.M.P — which also features fellow rapper SNOOP DOGG — shows 50 dressed as a pimp and groping three scantily clad girls on a sofa in a bling-bling mansion.

He then moves on to another group of beauties and is joined by Snoop.

A spokesman for MTV said of the video: “We have to adhere to television watchdog regulations, which state we can only show material that is suitable for young viewers.

Too raunchy ... 50 Cent has been forced to re-shoot video

“If a video is deemed inappropriate we won’t show it, it’s as simple as that.

“The version we will screen will show the women with their tops on and that will only be after 9pm.”

50 — who is signed to EMINEM’s Slim Shady records — kicks off the UK leg of his No Fear No Mercy European tour tomorrow at Wembley Arena in North London.

He is also expected to make an appearance at the MOBO awards at the Royal Albert Hall the same evening.

P.I.M.P is out on October 13.

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