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Editorial: #LastoniaLeviston Claims #50Cent Ruined Her Reputation With Porn Video

Rapper 50 Cent “destroyed” a Florida mother’s reputation by doctoring and publishing her private sex tape on the Internet to get back at rival Rick Ross, the woman’s lawyer told jurors Monday.

Fitty, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, had posted the graphic video to taunt Ross, who fathered a child with the woman, Lastonia Leviston, lawyer Philip Freidin said.

“She dead,” Fitty says toward the end of the tape, which he narrated on his website, calling the woman vile names, describing her private parts and reminding Ross that his daughter came from her.

“She dead!’ … meaning he’s done destroyed her — destroyed her reputation,” Freidin said.

Leviston quietly sobbed in the front row of the Manhattan Supreme Court courtroom as Freidin spoke, her shoulders shaking as she wiped her eyes with a tissue. Her aunt, sitting next to her, also teared up.

Leviston, 36, is suing Jackson, 39, for violating her civil rights by publishing the tape on the Internet where it immediately went viral and by inflicting emotional harm.

But a lawyer for the “21 Questions” rapper countered that Leviston’s situation has improved since taking Fitty to court, noting that she “has never held down a full-time job for any appreciable time.”

“Her life is better because she filed this lawsuit against Rick Ross’ rival,” said lawyer James Renard.

Renard said that after Leviston filed suit, Ross moved her into a three-bedroom home with a swimming pool and palm trees in a gated community in Pembroke Pines, Fla.

The lawyer also argued that someone hacked into Fitty’s computer and stole the tape before he could post it.

“The bottom line is, Mr. Jackson is not the one who first published it,” said Renard.

But Freidin said Jackson has never produced proof that his computer was hacked.

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