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50 Cent Fans Help Him Boost Cash Flow Ahead Of Sex-Tape Case

Fans of Get Rich Or Die Tryin rapper 50 Cent have set up a fundraising website to help boost the rapper's finances after he filed for bankruptcy on Monday.

The In Da Club star has applied for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and his fans are now trying to help him out by creating the site help50cent.tumblr.com.

The website is titled "Make 50 Cent rich again!" and it asks visitors to boost the rapper's earnings by listening to his track Piggy Bank on streaming service Spotify, but the website editors note: "Spotify pays the artist $0.0011 per play so let's click away his bankruptcy".

The fundraising attempt had received just $US12 ($A16.20) in donations as AAP went to press.

50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, has joked about the bankruptcy filing, insisting it was simply good business practice and he still has plenty of money.

However, documents obtained by TMZ.com show Jackson owes $US26 million to a variety of creditors, including his grandpa, who he owes $US1.7 million.

A US federal judge in Connecticut has ruled that a lawsuit over a sex tape can proceed against rapper 50 Cent, despite his bankruptcy filing.

A New York jury awarded Lastonia Leviston $US5 million ($A6.75 million) last week after determining the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, didn't have her permission when he posted online a sexually explicit video she made with her boyfriend.

The jury was to consider punitive damages on Monday, but Jackson filed for bankruptcy that day in Connecticut, temporarily stalling Leviston's lawsuit.

Her lawyer alleged Jackson filed for bankruptcy to evade testifying in the New York case.

A lawyer for Jackson didn't immediately return a message seeking comment on the judge's ruling on Friday.

Leviston's lawyer, Philip Freidin, told a local paper he's pleased the New York case will be resuming on Monday.

AAP

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