50 Cent's home destroyed by fire
The home at the center of a bitter legal dispute between 50 Cent and his son's mother was destroyed by a suspicious fire early Friday morning.
Six people, including his 10-year-old son, Marquise and Shaniqua Tompkins, 50's ex-girlfriend, were taken to a hospital after suffering smoke inhalation and later released. A firefighter also suffered a minor eye injury, officials said. 50, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, doesn't live in the home and wasn't there at the time.
A representative for the rapper said, "Informed this morning while filming a new motion picture on location in Louisiana, Curtis Jackson expressed deep concern over this fire at his property. He is extremely thankful that everyone including his son, Marquise, escaped the burning house safely. He is confident that authorities will be conducting a thorough investigation of the incident and is eager to review their findings."
Suffolk County arson squad Investigators were called to the scene after Dix Hills Fire Chief, Larry Feld thought the blaze suspicious.
Tompkins filed a lawsuit against 50 earlier this year claiming he had promised her a house more than a decade ago, but that since their breakup, he now wants to evict her and their 10-year-old son from the home. Tompkins' lawyer, Paul Catsandonis, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the dispute over the house had become "extremely, extremely contentious in recent days." Although he declined to be specific, he said there was an "extremely dangerous incident" Monday in his Manhattan office, while taking a deposition for the lawsuit.
The dispute was "involving the parties in question," he said, adding that the case was back on the calendar in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on June 10. Catsandonis said 50 paid about $2.4 million for the house last year, one of the largest in the Long Island neighborhood of Dix Hills.
50's ex-girlfriend Shaniqua is making accusation that he is involved in the fire and that he tried to kill his own son.