We recently discussed the difficulty faced by the lawyers for Curtis James Jackson III (aka 50 Cent). While claiming bankruptcy, 50 Cent posted an image of himself with piles of money spelling out the word “broke.” Just to make sure that the court did not miss the disconnect, 50 Cent also posted himself on a bed covered with piles of money. Judge Ann Nevin responded by ordering 50 Cent to appear in court to explain. Despite the court order, 50 Cent published a new picture that shows him in front of a tower of money while referencing his song “Too Rich for the B—h.”
The Instagram picture was captioned “The KANAN Tape now playing, I’m Too Rich,” the “Hate It or Love It.”
As before the obvious argument is that this is an artist maintaining his bad boy image and that the money does not mean that he is not in compliance with his bankruptcy obligations. However, the move could well be viewed as virtually taunting the court and the creditors. It certainly leaves the impression of a client who is entirely out of the control of his lawyers. At some point, such actions can raise the question of whether counsel can continue in the case without destroying their own credibility with the Court. It is hard to be in court explaining that your client is broke when he is outside proclaiming how he is literally laying on a bed of cash.