50 Cent‘s defense against a $3 million lawsuit sounds like it came straight from the office of Donald J. Trump as he attempts to argue that he should be allowed to call something “fake news” without being sued for it.
As The Blast first reported, HipHopDX.com is suing 50 and accusing him of tarnishing their reputation by branding them as “fake news” in an Instagram post earlier this year. The rapper actually sued them first, claiming they used a photo of his without permission.
The two sides are arguing over a story the site did about him claiming to have sold the trademark to “Get the Strap” to Bellator MMA, which the website said was not true.
In his response to the suit, 50 Cent claims the website is threatening his freedom of speech with their lawsuit, calling it “an affront to the fundamental protections to free speech by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”
50 Cent says if the website is allowed to continue on with their lawsuit, it would “open a floodgate of defamation suits by news organizations against the very subjects of their news reports for simply criticizing or refuting the reports as ‘fake news.'”
In fact, 50 says he and Bellator MMA are actually working on a deal and therefore HipHopDX’s story was “fake news.” He is demanding their suit be dismissed completely.
A judge has yet to rule.