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9/30/2004 8:09:26 PM
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Rapper 50 Cent's high energy music has made him millions of dollars, but now a lawsuit has landed him in civil court, as New York Post photographer James Alcorn seeks 21 of those millions for assault by 50's posse.
According the lawsuit, 50 -- real name Curtis Jackson -- hired seven unidentified men (noted only as "John Does 1-7"), and claims that those employees assaulted and battered Alcorn and caused him to "suffer severe and serious injuries," as well as "mental shock, and psychological trauma."
The alleged incident occurred back in August 2003, after 50 and several bodyguards purchases an $18,000 watch in Manhattan's diamond district. Moments later, the photographer was standing outside the store as the rapper and his bodyguards left. When the photographer snapped a shot of 50, the bodyguards allegedly snapped back in a different way.
"CJ" caught up with 50 Cent Thursday morning as he entered a Manhattan building to give a deposition in the civil suit. "When you got money, you got to go through this stuff," 50 said, and told us he's thinks this lawsuit is nothing more than an attack on his bank account.
Alcorn is being represented by high-profile civil-rights attorney Sandford Rubenstein, who told "CJ" that, although 50 might not have roughed up his client, he thinks the rapper could still have to cough up some coin.
"It doesn't matter if someone is a celebrity or not a celebrity," Rubenstein told us. "If someone is wronged as a result of an act they performed -- or their employee performed with their knowledge, under their control -- they can be held liable in a court of law."
Jeweler Laura Milman told "CJ" she was working that day and didn't see any scuffle, but she says she heard from witnesses who told her what they saw. "They saw the photographer fall, because there was so many people. And he probably decided to blame 50 Cent," Milman said.
As for 50, he thinks this case will soon come to a close and he's confident he'll come out on top.
We spoke to the attorney who accompanied 50 Cent to the deposition, who told us 50 testified that his manager hired those security guard through a company called Violator Management, so 50 doesn't know why he's a defendant in this case.
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