Rapper 50 Cent is ordered by the court to pay a whopping $16 million to a manufacturer that he partnered with to make headphones. 50 Cent partnered with Sleek Audio who designed the headphones, but he then took the designs and manufactured the headphones somewhere else. Almost the exact design of headphones was sold under the 50-Over line with another manufacturer 50 Cent partnered with, according to MSN Music on April 9.
The case was heard in U.S. District Court, which ordered 50 Cent to pay Sleek Audio $4.5 million for stealing the designs of the over the ear headphones and bringing them to a another business to manufacturer. He was also ordered to pay $11.7 million in damages.
The two sums total over $16 million, which is a hefty sum of money even for a big time rapper. The headphones were very similar to what his original deal with Sleek Audio had agreed to make, so why would 50 Cent risk this type of lawsuit?
Sleek sued 50 Cent of “misappropriating trade secrets, breaching his fiduciary duty owed to Sleek, participating in a civil conspiracy, breaching his confidentiality agreement with Sleek, and being unjustly enriched," according to HipHopDX.com. Now he's got a great incentive to get out there and create some new rap tunes. That is one heck of a bill he needs to pay.