Photographer Sues Rapper 50 Cent for $21M

By | November 11, 2003 at 12:00 AM

50 Cent and his record label have been sued for $21 million by a New York Post photographer who claims the rapper’s bodyguards attacked him.

James Alcorn alleges in a lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court that he was “assaulted and battered” by seven bodyguards Aug. 27 while photographing 50 Cent, who was shopping in the diamond district.

With the 27-year-old rapper looking on, the unidentified men allegedly slammed Alcorn down on the sidewalk, then loomed over him as he snapped a photo of them. Alcorn claims he suffered neck and jaw injuries.

The incident was being investigated as a possible misdemeanor assault, a police spokesman, Sgt. Kevin Hayes, said Tuesday. A call to 50 Cent’s spokeswoman at Interscope Records wasn’t immediately returned.

The lawsuit, filed Monday, accuses 50 Cent and Interscope of “not exercising reasonable care and diligence in the employment” of the bodyguards.