50 Cent ordered to pay $16M in headphones case

50 Cent answers questions from fans during a SiriusXM "Town Hall" special at the SiriusXM studios on March 17, 2014, in New York. Getty Images for SiriusXM

Federal court records show that rapper 50 Cent has been ordered to pay a Bradenton earphone manufacturer more than $16 million in connection with a failed partnership to produce the entertainer's line of headphones.

The Bradenton Heraldreports that 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, was ordered to pay Sleek Audio nearly $4.5 million in attorney fees and $11.7 million in damages.

The U.S. District Court in Miami affirmed the award in late March after a three-year legal battle.

Records allege that Jackson, a Sleek partner, stole the designs of over-the-ear headphones he asked the company to conceptualize and manufacture. Jackson has been selling headphones of a similar design under the 50-Over line with another manufacturer.

50 Cent could have some more money coming in later this year -- he's expected to release his new album, "Animal Ambition," in June.

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