50 Cent is now being sued by Hip Hop media outlet HipHopDX.com for $3 million for claims of defamation that he damaged the authenticity of the site, branding it as “fake news”.
“The celebrity known as 50 Cent has maliciously used his power and influence to falsely attack a small, independent media company for its unfavorable but entirely truthful content,”
the lawsuit claims. “In late June 2018, it exposed as false certain public statements made by 50 Cent claiming to have sold the rights to a three-word catchphrase for a million dollars.”
The lawsuit says that Fif tarnished their brand by labeling their website to his millions of IG followers “as a bogus news outlet that does not check its facts.”
DX’s lawsuit continues by saying, “False attacks by celebrities and public figures on journalists and media companies, branding them as ‘fake news,’ have become a powerful weapon for pulling readers away from otherwise respected sources. These are not merely political or public relations issues for media companies.
Rather, they are attacks on a business and constitute classic defamation – false assertions to the public that are intended to, and do, damage a person or company in their professional reputation.”
50 sued the website first, claiming copyright infringement, saying that their site used a photograph that he never gave permission to them to use. DX claims that he obtained the rights to for the sole purpose of bringing this lawsuit.
HipHopDX denies all of Jackson’s claims and says they’ll see him in court for their $3 million.