50 Cent Hits His Old Lawyers With a $32 Million Lawsuit
by Mike Winslow
(AllHipHop News) 50 is alleging the law firm Reed Smith and attorney Peter Raymond sabotaged proceedings of his legal battle with Lastonia Leviston, who sued him for $7 million after he posted a video featuring her and a partner having sex online and added his own commentary.
The “In Da Club” star, real name Curtis Jackson, claims his lawyers’ faulty handling of the case forced him to file for bankruptcy.
“Reed Smith and Raymond did not follow established legal standards in representing Jackson in the Leviston Case by failing to provide effective representation and conduct proper pre-trial and trial preparation prior to the Leviston trial,” the Grammy winner’s claim reads.
“In addition, their lack of effective representation and inadequate pre-trial preparation and preparation for trial caused Jackson to retain new counsel on the eve of trial,” according to the complaint.
50 Cent is accusing his former legal team of breach of fiduciary duty and malpractice.
He is seeking $7 million in actual damages and $25 million in punitive damages.