50 Cent has sued three video production companies, alleging they used footage from an interview without honoring an agreement to make a charitable donation.
The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, alleges that he agreed to do an interview with Czar Entertainment Inc. about Kelvin Martin, a 1980s criminal who went by the street name 50 Cent. He says the free interview was to be used for a video series to be called “Infamous Times.”
In return, the company agreed to make a donation to Martin’s family or to 50 Cent’s charity, the G-Unity Foundation, according to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.
The lawsuit contends that Czar Entertainment failed to make the donation and instead used the footage for a DVD called “The Original 50 Cent: The True Story of the Legend Who Inspired the Biggest Name in Rap.”
Czar Entertainment responded with a statement Wednesday, claiming the lawsuit was “without merit” and would “prevent us from fulfilling our commitment to the Martin family.”
“We have made arrangements directly with family regarding the donation of proceeds from the DVD sales and feel confident that all relevant parties will be satisfied,” it read.
50 Cent is seeking a court order barring Czar Entertainment and co-defendants Vision Plant Pictures and Premo Pictures from selling the DVD. The lawsuit also seeks unspecified damages and any profits from the video.