A New York City jury has found that rapper 50 Cent must pay an additional $2 million in punitive damages to a woman featured in a sex tape posted to the Internet.
The jurors' decision Friday came two weeks after they ordered the multiplatinum-selling artist to pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston.
Leviston's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit argues that 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson III, posted online a crudely narrated 13-minute sex-tape she made with a boyfriend in 2008. In the video, he taunts rival rapper Rick Ross, who isn't featured in the video but has a child with Leviston.
After the jury's verdict, 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy protection in Connecticut.
A lawyer for Leviston had urged jurors to award her $15 million. Jackson's attorney had asked them to order he pay $700,000.
50 Cent came on the scene in 2003 with "Get Rich or Die Tryin,'" which featured the hit "In Da Club." Over the years, he's been involved in various business ventures, including G-Unit records, and two production companies. He's also invested in the mining and precious-metals industries and in the water drinks business.
The 40-year-old star appears in the new boxing movie, "Southpaw."
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