In the wake of filing for bankruptcy, rapper Curtis Jackson, aka "50 Cent," has pulled back the curtain on his seemingly lavish lifestyle.
Before filing for bankruptcy, 50 Cent was hit with a court order to pay $5 million to Lastonia Leviston. The woman had won the payment in court after the rapper allegedly released a sex tape of her to embarrass the rapper's nemesis, Rick Ross, who had fathered one of her children.
Leviston's lawyers believed 50 Cent's bankruptcy was a way to avoid paying Leviston, so they took him to court again. But on the stand, 50 Cent indicated his wealth was little more than an illusion. In other words, he merely he led the public to believe he was a baller. Jackson says he did this because the whole music industry is about aspiring to something greater.
Here are six ways 50 Cent says he embellished his hip-hop lifestyle, according to a transcript of the testimony he gave in the Leviston lawsuit:
50 Cent claims he could barely fill a jewelry drawer, let alone a whole jewelry chest. He said that he only actually owns "two or three chains" at "$30,000, $40,000" each. But, how does he make it seem as if he has more? The rapper says he takes those chains to a jeweler who can transform them into new, unrecognizable pieces of bling.
Lawyer: How many chains have you got? Jackson: Two or three chains. Lawyer: I'm sorry? Jackson: Two or three different chains. What I do is take the jewelry back to the jeweler and they redo the jewelry with the same gold from the last thing. During album cycles I change, so you'll see a whole lot of stuff. But I take it back and have them change it into new stuff. Lawyer: You have 30 to $40,000 in gold chains? Jackson: Yes.
But, according to 5o Cent's testimony, that story wasn't exactly true:
Lawyer: It is a false story in the sense it never happened? Jackson: No, I got the car. But I took two cars that I had that back. Lawyer: So the story that came out, you know the story, which is you just decided you just had to get a Rolls Royce and you bought one -- Jackson: That is the guy's interpretation of it.
50 Cent once took Forbes magazine on a tour of his car collection, which consisted of three similarly painted blue vehicles, including a Range Rover, a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Bentley Mulsanne, and a Yamaha motorcycle. 50 Cent had really become good at presenting a lavish, mogul lifestyle to the press. But here's what he says the truth about his cars really was:
Lawyer: Have you filmed yourself showing all your cars or showing a lot of cars that you now say aren't yours, but have you made films showing off all the cars that you own? Jackson: You mean like MTV "Cribs," maybe. Lawyer: I mean like you standing in front of a camera saying this is my Lamborghini and this is my Rolls and this is my Ferrari? Jackson: I did it once. Lawyer: You did that? Jackson: Yes. Lawyer: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls, Chevy Blazer or Suburbans, I'm sorry, they were specially equipped and cost a few hundred thousand dollars each? Jackson: Yes. Lawyer: You did all that and said those cars were yours? Jackson: Yes. At that time, those cars were rented.
Below, watch 50 Cent show off his rented cars on another TV show:
4. He says he never actually placed a $1.6 million Mayweather/Pacquiao bet.
On March 3, 50 Cent talked to "The Breakfast Club" morning show on Power 105.1 in New York and said he was betting $1.6 million Floyd Mayweather Jr. would defeat Manny Pacquiao in the boxers' much-hyped bout that happened in May. Mayweather did win, and though Jackson has said he won the bet, even on "Conan" (video of that portion of the interview has since been taken off the show's website), according Jackson's testimony he never placed the bet.
Lawyer: Is it correct, sir, that you publicly stated -- and you said it on Conan O'Brien the other night -- that you bet 1.6 million dollars on Floyd Mayweather to win the fight that took place in early May? Jackson: Yes. Lawyer: You said you won that bet? Jackson: Yes. Lawyer: You won one million dollars? Jackson: No, I didn't say that. Lawyer: You didn't say that on the Conan show? Jackson: No. Lawyer: Okay. So what did you win on that bet? Jackson: I didn't win anything on that. Lawyer: Huh? Jackson: I didn't win anything on that, actually. Lawyer: Did you make the bet? Jackson: No. Lawyer: You never made the bet? Jackson: No.
Jackson has flaunted expensive watches on his Instagram account, while on the red carpet, and performing at concerts. But according to his testimony, the rapper/actor said he only owns three or four watches and that "they are not big name watches."
In fact, he told the court that the watch he was wearing that day was a Casio G-SHOCK, which retails between $100 and $450, according to its website. Jackson went on to say that in the hip-hop culture, "People only follow things that they think is the next level" but that it's all deceiving, just like a music video. "They say action and you see all these fancy cars," he explained, "and when they say cut everything goes back to the dealership."
Click through the slideshow below to see pictures of 50 cent through the years:
50 Cent through the years
6 ways 50 Cent says he tricked the world into believing he was rich
Rapper Curtis Jackson aka '50 Cent Rapper' in front of HUMVEE outside Stage 17 at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach where he is shooting music video for Emimem's new label on 12/10/2002. (Photo by Bob Chamberlin/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Hip-hop artist 50 Cent accepts the award for Best Rap Video of the Year for "In da Club," as Eminem, left, looks on during the MTV Video Music Awards at New York's Radio City Music Hall Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
American rap artist 50 Cent , real name Curtis Jackson, raises the award for the best American pop rock male artist, during the 2003 World Music Awards ceremony in Monaco, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003. (AP PHOTO/Lionel Cironneau)
Actor/Singer Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson arrives at the Premiere Of 'Get Rich Or Die Tryin'' at Grauman's Chinese Theater on November 2, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
U.S. hip hop best-selling singer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson smiles as he answers questions during a press conference Friday, Feb. 24, 2006 in Taipei, Taiwan. 50 Cent is going to perform for the first time in Taiwan, part of the Asian leg of his world tour. (AP Photo/Jerome Favre)
Rapper and actor Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson visits high school students at City Hall in Bridgeport, Conn., Friday, Oct. 12, 2007. (AP Photo/Bob Child)
Curtis Jackson, also known as 50 Cent, left, listens to court proceedings with his attorney Kasey Procko Burchman at Superior Court in Hartfod, Conn., during testimony on his lawsuit against the firm that inspected his Connecticut mansion once owned by boxer Mike Tyson. (AP Photo/Bob Child, pool)
US rapper Curtis James Jackson III alias 50 Cent performs during the Music Openair in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, late Saturday, July 11, 2009. (AP Photo/Keystone/Ennio Leanza)
US musician and actor Curtis Jackson also known as 50 Cent performs in Boris Trajkovski hall in Skopje late on March 31, 2010. (Photo by Robert Atanasovski, AFP/Getty Images)
Rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson attends the "After Earth" premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson attends 'Escape Plan' New York Premiere at Regal E-Walk on October 15, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
In this Oct. 26, 2011 file photo, Rapper and businessman Curtis Jackson III, known as 50 Cent, poses during an interview in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Recording artist Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson of the music group G-Unit performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson performs at Starz's "Power" season two premiere at Best Buy Theater on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, in New York, (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for STARZ Entertainment/AP Images)
Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, appears in Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 in New York. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News/POOL)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 24: Rapper/actor Curtis James Jackson III aka 50 Cent On ABC's 'Good Morning America' at Rumsey Playfield, Central Park on July 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson attends Tuesday's Children Roots of Resilience Gala 2015 on September 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for Tuesday's Children)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson attends the annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Rapper Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson III attends JCPenney and Michael Strahan's launch of Collection by Michael Strahan on September 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for JCPenney)
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 10: Rapper Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson performs at the 10th annual Wine Amplified festival at the Las Vegas Village on October 10, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/WireImage)
Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson arrives at The Paley Center For Media's Hollywood Tribute to African American Achievements in Television on October 26, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - OCTOBER 31: 50 Cent attends at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on October 31, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 04: 50 Cent performs at The SSE Hydro on November 4, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ross Gilmore/Redferns)