NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) — A New York judge on Thursday denied rapper 50 Cent’s request to dismiss a Florida woman’s lawsuit over a sex video that was posted online with the celebrity edited into it as a wig-wearing narrator.
A New York judge rebuffed the rapper’s request to dismiss Lastonia Leviston’s claim in a ruling made public Thursday. Lawyers for both sides haven’t returned calls seeking comment.
The lawsuit concerns a videotape Leviston made with a boyfriend in 2008. The judge’s decision says the boyfriend later provided the tape to 50 Cent without Leviston’s permission.
Though it’s unclear why, the rapper then put together a new video using the footage. He edited in himself as a character named “Pimpin’ Curly.”
50 Cent, also known as Curtis Jackson, claims he wasn’t responsible for the video being released in 2009, however, he maintains it was legally fair to use the images.
The woman’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.