50 Cent has declared that the fat stacks of cash he flaunted on Instagram during bankruptcy proceedings are fake, after a judge demanded he explain where he got the cash.The rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, posted up a series of photos and videos on the app showing himself surrounded by piles of money.
But the photos infuriated the Judge Ann Nevins, who demanded to know exactly how the supposedly bankrupt megastar could get so much money. 'I'm concerned about allegations of nondisclosure and a lack of transparency in the case,' Judge Nevins said.
But in a written declaration filed on Tuesday, 50 Cent declared that the money was prop money used for photo shoots, and that he was just trying to maintain his 'brand.' 'Hip-hop culture is widely recognized as aspirational in nature,' the declaration read. 'The standard by which artists and fans engage is commonly tied to money, jewelry, products and advertising over social media.
'Products and brands are now marketed through social media as an effective way to engage with consumers. 'Just because I am sensitive to the needs of maintaining my brand does not mean that I am hiding assets or that I have lied on my filings in this Bankruptcy Case, neither of which is true.'