Woman sues rapper 50 Cent over sex tape

Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:36pm EST
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Florida woman has sued rapper 50 Cent for posting her sex tape online without her consent, which was widely seen as part of the singer's feud with rival Rick Ross.

In court papers filed in New York Supreme Court this week, Lastonia Leviston claimed she made the tape in June 2008 with a former boyfriend who sold it to 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson, in March 2009.

Leviston said 50 Cent then taped himself dressed in a wig and robe and edited himself into the video, adding his own narration before posting it on his website.

Leviston once dated Ross, a burly Miami rapper whose real name is William Leonard Roberts II. In the world of rap music where rival performers often trade insults, the video was considered as a way for 50 Cent to lash out at Ross.

The video was posted on the singer's website Thisis50.com before making it onto other videosharing sites like YouTube.

"The video has been viewed by millions including by persons in New York," Leviston's attorneys said in court documents. She is suing for unauthorized used of her name and image, as well as emotional distress.

A spokesman for 50 Cent declined to comment.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols, editing by Bob Tourtellotte)