50 Cent has accepted a $20,000 payment from the hip-hop website he sued for stealing a photo of his … but he plans to continue to fight their defamation case against him.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, 50 says he recently agreed to HipHopDX.com’s settlement offer, bringing the case to a close.
50’s lawyer, Stephen J. Savva, tells The Blast, “The owners of HipHopDX offered Mr. Jackson a judgment against them in the amount of $20,000 to resolve his claims, which he accepted.”
He continued, “We have not agreed to resolve the counter-claim filed against him at this time. We plan to aggressively litigate that matter, as we believe it is frivolous and an unfounded attempt to abridge Mr. Jackson’s First Amendment right of free speech.”
As The Blast first reported, 50 Cent fired the first legal shot when he sued HipHopDX for allegedly using a photo from his Instagram page without permission.
But then HipHopDX turned around and sued 50 for defamation after they claim he tarnished their reputation by branding them as “fake news” in an Instagram post complaining about a story they did on him.
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.'”
HipHopDX’s counter-suit against 50 Cent is still ongoing.