A New York Post photographer wants more than change from rapper 50 Cent — about $21 million more.
Shutterbug James Alcorn filed a lawsuit in Queens County Supreme Court seeking damages from the multiplatinum rapper after 50′s bodyguards, he claims, roughed him up on August 27. Alcorn had been taking photos of 50 Cent exiting the store of Jacob the Jeweler in midtown Manhattan.
Alcorn and his attorney filed the complaint against 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson), his record companies — Interscope, Aftermath and Shady Records — and seven unnamed security guards that the plaintiffs hope to identify.
Alcorn claims he suffered “severe and serious injuries” from the assault, which the suit states was done “knowingly, intentionally and willfully.” The complaint asks for a little over $5 million for each of four causes of action: assault and battery, negligence, loss of service and punitive damages.
While no criminal charges have been filed against 50 Cent or any of his bodyguards, the New York Police Department’s investigation is ongoing. Alcorn is hopeful. “No photographer should have what happened to me, happen to them,” he said in a statement.
50 Cent’s spokespeople had no comment on the suit.