On July 10, Leviston was awarded a $5 million compensatory damages verdict ($2.5 million in damages for violating her civil rights for using her image without her permission and $2.5 million for intentional infliction of emotional distress) by a jury.
The following Monday, 50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson III, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection to halt the case on the very same day a jury was to decide how much to award Lastonia Leviston in punitive damages.
Leviston’s attorney, Philip Freidin, immediately filed a request for a hearing with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Ann M. Nevins in Hartford and they are thrilled with the outcome.
Friedin stated, “We’re very happy to be back in court Monday so the jury can finish its work on this case. Once more, we have overcome another delay to finally get back to Lastonia Leviston’s pursuit of justice against Mr. Curtis Jackson III.”