Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson was forced to defend his Instagram postings of himself posing with stacks of cash in a bankruptcy court hearing.

50 Cent In Bankruptcy Court

Judge Ann Nevins requested that 50 Cent appear in court to answer for the pictures of money in light of his claims of bankruptcy. In a court filing, 50 Cent stated that he was merely posing with “prop money.” The prop cash, in addition to the other expensive and flashy items he poses with, according to the rapper, are all a part of maintaining his image on social media, reported The New York Times.

“Just because I am photographed in or next to a certain vehicle, wearing an article of clothing, holding a product, sitting next to what appears to be large sums of money or modeling expensive pieces of jewelry does not meant that I own everything in those photos,” 50 Cent wrote.

The rapper and businessman’s creditors claimed that his pictures were “at a minimum, openly contemptuous” of the bankruptcy claim.

In his court filing, 50 cent maintained that his public image and his private life are different things. “The separation between ‘50 Cent’ and Curtis Jackson is virtually impossible to maintain,” he wrote. “Since the explosion of social media, I have maintained a strong social media presence that is consistent with the public persona of ‘50 Cent.'”

Following the hearing, 50 Cent took to Instagram to slam the court system and how he’s been treated throughout his bankruptcy trial.

“When a judge reads a prepared statement to start proceedings to state they treat everyone the same in court,” he wrote. “You should be concerned, I already [knew] I would be treated differently. They know the difference between chapter 11 and chapter 7 they just never saw anyone from Hip Hop culture use it.”

He added, “I have millions of dollar in my company’s, the court knows this. I was accused of committing fraud with nothing but a IG photo. I can [care less] what these people think of me but it’s not right. Now someone from secret service is asking if prop money was counter fitted. How the f–k would I know that s–t head? Smh.”

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