G-Unit leader 50 Cent is experiencing an even hotter summer than most with reports claiming he is on the prowl to put a “rap-hating racist” judge on the hot seat after losing a recent lawsuit.
Details of why Fif is taking a recent court case to federal court surfaced online Sunday.
50 Cent says he got SCREWED in court recently because the judge was a rap-hating RACIST … and now he wants the allegedly bias ruling overturned … this according to court docs. Earlier this year 50 and company called Sleek Audio were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit. 50 claimed Sleek owed him over $261,000. Sleek said otherwise. The case went to arbitration — a binding process in which an arbitrator picks the winner. Bad news for 50, the arbitrator sided with Sleek (the final $$$ judgement was kept under wraps). But 50 refuses to gently into that good night … and is taking the battle to federal court — claiming the arbitration judge discriminated against him because he’s black, associates with controversial African-American figures AND because he’s a high profile rap artist. (TMZ)
Sleek Audio has also stood up for its image and claims Fif does not have a real case.
Specifically … 50 says the bias ran so deep the judge didn’t allow him to cross-examine witnesses and refused to look at evidence pertaining to the case. Pretty bold claims. He wants the award axed ASAP and is asking for a new hearing … where he says he’ll prove the judge was out to get him from the get go. Sleek fired back too … claiming 50’s allegations of racism are a desperate attempt to avoid the arbitration decision and get it brought before an actual court. (TMZ)
The G-Unit general took legal action against the audio company last summer.
Gangsta rapper 50 Cent has a beef with a Bradenton company. The hip-hop heavyweight has sued Sleek Audio LLC for a $285,000 promissory note he lent the company in April 2010, which remains unpaid, court records show. The partnership originally resulted in the “Sleek by 50″ wireless headphones that were announced at the 2011 CES convention in Las Vegas and written about in Rolling Stone Magazine and other national publications. Sleek Audio issued a press release last May terminating its licensing agreement with the 37-year-old rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson. In addition to having his advance money returned, Jackson requested $61,429 in back interest, an additional 15 percent for any debt that remains unpaid going forward, and for Sleek Audio to pay legal fees tied to the issue. (Miami Herald)
Reports of 50 and Sleek’s decision to part ways landed across the Internet in spring 2011.
In actuality, it was G-Unit that terminated a Brand Licensing Agreement that it had entered into with Sleek, which termination automatically triggered the termination of the earlier announced tri-party agreement. However, not long after the termination of the tri-party agreement, TV Goods and 50 Cent, via his affiliate company, SMS Audio, LLC, entered into a Term Sheet for the two parties to continue joint efforts to produce and distribute a direct response television infomercial to globally market a wireless over-the-ear headphone product offered or sold by SMS that is endorsed by and/or and bears the name of “50 Cent.” Sleek is not a party to that Term Sheet. (Yahoo News)