50 Suing Reed Smith LLC For Botching His Sex Tape Case Against Rick Ross’ Baby Mama
Although 50 Cent may be in on the receiving end of a civil case for allegedly reposting an explicit revenge porn pic of Teairra Mari, he’s got a separate major lawsuit to worry about.
The rapper is embroiled in a federal civil suit with his former attorneys Reed Smith LLC, because 50 alleges that the lawyers ruined his defense in Rick Ross’ baby mama’s sex tape lawsuit against him by not locating or deposing key witnesses, like Ross himself and his baby mama’s lover who appeared in the video with her. 50 later lost the case, and a jury awarded her $7 million in damages. He then filed for bankruptcy.
50 – who was born Curtis Jackson – sued his ex-lawyers Reed Smith LLP last year for $25 million, alleging malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty, contending the firm intentionally botched his defense in Lastonia Leviston’s lawsuit against him that accused the rapper of leaking a homemade video of her having sex with her then-boyfriend, Maurice Murray, who is now serving time on a separate case.
The lawyers recently took 50 to task on his malpractice allegations and claimed that they didn’t do anything illegal when they didn’t bother to track down Murray, who 50 maintains gave him permission to leak the tape of he and Leviston having sex. They said that there’s also no proof that subpoenaing 50’s archenemy Ross to testify about allegedly first leaking the tape would have put the case’s odds in 50’s favor.
Reed Smith said in court papers that the rapper and “Power” actor’s claims don’t amount to malpractice, and that he’s failed to produce facts that show that if his legal team had called those witnesses, he would have won the case, according to the law firm’s recent brief on the matter, which was obtained by BOSSIP.
The case continues.