*50 Cent has been sentenced to probation and 30 days of community service after striking a plea deal to avoid jail time in his domestic violence case.
The rapper, real name Curtis Jackson, was hit with one count of misdemeanor domestic violence and four of misdemeanor vandalism following a heated dispute with his ex, model Daphne Joy, in June. He was accused of kicking her and causing $7,100 in property damage.
He initially faced up to five years behind bars after pleading not guilty to the allegations, but managed to work out a deal with prosecutors to keep him out of jail and instead pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor vandalism on Monday (Oct. 28).
He was ordered to serve three years probation and perform community service, while he must also attend counseling sessions and pay $7,100 in restitution to Joy.
In exchange, California authorities agreed to drop the domestic violence charge, according to TMZ.
A previous restraining order banning 50 Cent from contacting Joy will remain in place.
*Omari Hardwick has been cast as the lead in “Power,” an hour-long Starz original drama series executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and created by Courtney Kemp Agboh (“The Good Wife”), who will serve as executive producer and showrunner.
Hardwick will play James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city’s elite. He wants to build an empire, turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there’s just one problem: he is living a double life.
When he is not in the club, he is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. His marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he is tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all.
“Omari is an actor of incredible range and versatility,” said Starz Managing Director, Carmi Zlotnik. “When we met Omari, we knew he had all the tools needed to play such a complicated and complex character. We look forward to him bringing Ghost to life on the screen.”
Hardwick’s previous film credits include: “Sparkle,” “For Colored Girls,” “Kick Ass” and “The A-Team.” He has also appeared in several television series, including: “Dark Blue,” “Breakout Kings” and “Saved.”
The first season of “Power” will be eight, hour-long episodes and begins filming later this fall. It is expected to premiere in 2014.
*Today in Los Angeles, Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, is set to appear in a court arraignment on charges that he attacked his ex-girlfriend and trashed her condo.
If convicted, the rapper/actor/author/producer faces up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines.
The woman, Daphne Joy, told police that during a June 23 argument, Jackson began destroying property at her Toluca Lake condo before she locked herself in a bedroom. She says Jackson kicked open the bedroom door and kicked her, causing injury.
Police estimated about $7,100 in damage to the home.
Daphne Joy told police she had been in a three-year relationship and has a baby with Jackson.
50 Cent and Daphne Joy
*Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will executive produce an hour-long drama for Starz called “Power,” according to Variety.
The show follows a New York City nightclub owner who “skirts the line between legitimacy and criminality.”
The project , from CBS TV Studios, will be co-executive produced by “300′s” Mark Canton and “End of Watch’s” Randall Emmett. The three have worked together on feature films including “Freelancers” and next year’s “The Tomb.”
“The Good Wife” writer and producer Courtney Kemp Agboh will pen “Power” in addition to serving as exec producer.
*Not only is it splitsville for BFFs 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr. when it comes to business, but the rapper has rubbed salt in the wound by sparking a new venture with the boxer’s longtime rival. 50 told New York’s Power 105.1 that he has partnered with Manny Pacquiao to set up a new sports promotion company.
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In July, 50 and Floyd launched TMT (The Money Team) Promotions to help arrange the athlete’s future bouts and boost his profile once he completed a three-month prison term for domestic battery.
But, their working relationship appears to have spiraled downward since the fighter was released from prison in August following two months behind bars, and now 50 Cent is on Team Pacquiao.
50, real name Curtis Jackson, says he had initially envisioned all three of them working together on TMT Promotions, but the idea didn’t work out and it was Mayweather, Jr.’s lack of motivation to move ahead with the business, which caused 50 to embark on a new partnership.
During an interview with New York’s Power 105.1, he says, “I look at Floyd like he’s my younger brother… He earns so much that he just spends it, he just runs around spend it doing what he wants, so there’s no urgency to anything.”
But 50 Cent is confident his old pal won’t be mad at him for taking his business elsewhere: “ I think he’ll go, ‘I wish him luck.’ It’s not like I wasn’t in communication with him, I texted him and told him everything.”