50 Cent pleads not guilty to domestic violence
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper 50 Cent stood silently before a judge on Monday as his attorney entered his plea of not guilty to domestic violence and vandalism charges involving an ex-girlfriend who is the mother of his child.
The performer, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, was told to stay away from Daphne Narvarez and forbid him from contacting her by phone or email.
He also was told not to possess any weapons.
The 37-year-old “In Da Club” singer was ordered to return to court on Sept. 4 for a pretrial hearing.
Narvarez says Jackson trashed her California condo and kicked her during an argument June 23. Police said property worth $7,100 was destroyed. She said she locked herself in a bedroom but Jackson kicked open the bedroom door and kicked her, causing injury.
Outside court, defense attorney Scott Leemon said his client denies the allegations.
Police said Jackson was gone when they arrived, and they saw broken items including chandeliers, furniture and a television.
Narvarez said she had a three-year relationship with Jackson.
He was charged with domestic violence and four counts of vandalism. If convicted, he could face up to five years behind bars and $46,000 in fines.
The rapper has referenced drug dealing and violence in songs and is known for having survived nine gunshots in an attempted assassination.
Jackson also has worked as an actor. He starred in an autobiographical account of his life as a drug dealer in “Get Rich or Die Tryin‴.