(LAUNCH, 11/11/2003 6:00:00PM)
A New York Post photographer, Jim Alcorn, has filed a $21 million lawsuit against 50 Cent, Shady/Aftermath Records, Interscope Records, and several of the rapper's security guards. Alcorn's lawsuit, which was filed in Queens Supreme Court, alleges that the rapper's security roughed him up when he tried to photograph 50 Cent on August 27 as the rapper was leaving a jewelry store in New York's diamond district.
Alcorn is also seeking to have criminal charges brought against 50 Cent and his security detail. Alcorn told the Post, "I am bringing this lawsuit because what happened to me was wrong. No photographer should have what happened to me happen to them. As a result of the injuries I received, I was unable to work for nearly eight weeks. I respectfully request the officials of New York City's police department and the district attorney's office to complete their criminal investigation. I ask for justice."
Alcorn, who was rushed to the hospital following the incident, suffered injuries to his neck and jaw. His attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, explained that his client had photos of his assailants. Rubenstein said, "There's a spectacular shot of both the security guard and 50 Cent looming over Jim. There's no question from the photograph that the security guard is identifiable. We're waiting for the police to ascertain his identity. In Jim's search for justice, he wants the appropriate criminal charges to be brought."
The New York Police department would not comment on the ongoing investigation and calls to 50 Cent's representatives were not returned at press time.
In related news, 50 Cent's G-Unit will release their debut set, Beg For Mercy, on Friday, November 14.
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