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50 Cent could face jail time

2013-07-04 07:33
Los Angeles - Rapper and actor 50 Cent has been charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend and trashing her Los Angeles condo, city attorney Mike Feuer said Wednesday.

The 37-year-old In da Club singer, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was charged with domestic violence and four counts of vandalism in papers filed Monday. If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail and $46 000 (R460 000) in fines.

A representative for Jackson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jackson had already left when officers arrived on 23 June at a condo belonging to a woman who had a baby with him, police said.

During an argument, the woman told police, Jackson began destroying her property before she locked herself into her bedroom. The woman said Jackson kicked open the bedroom door and kicked her, causing injury.

Police said they estimated about $7100 (R71 000) in damage to the woman's home. They observed many broken items in the ransacked, clothes-strewn condo, including chandeliers, furniture and a television.

The woman told police she had been in a three-year relationship with Jackson.

The rapper has referenced drug dealing and violence in many songs and is known for having survived nine gunshots in an attempted assassination.

He starred in an autobiographical account of his life as a drug dealer in Get Rich or Die Tryin'.

Jackson is due for arraignment July 22.

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