Posted by Dave
Rap News Network
6/1/2005 10:00:50 AM
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Rap artist 50 Cent has sued three video production companies in federal court, alleging they used footage from an interview he did about another rap artist without honoring an agreement to make a charitable donation.
In Tuesday's suit, 50 Cent alleges that he agreed to do a free interview with Czar Entertainment Inc. about Kelvin Martin, a 1980s rapper who also went by the stage name 50 Cent, for a video series to be called "Infamous Times."
Czar agreed in return to make a donation to Martin's family or to 50 Cent's charity, the G-Unity Foundation, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court.
Czar Entertainment failed to make the donation and instead used the footage for a DVD called "The Original 50 Cent: The True Story of the Legend Who Inspired the Biggest Name in Rap," according to the lawsuit.
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, is seeking a court order barring Czar Entertainment and co-defendants Vision Plant Pictures and Premo Pictures from selling the DVD. The lawsuit also seeks unspecified damages and any profits from the video.
Representatives at Czar Entertainment could not be reached for comment early Wednesday.
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