Throughout the years, 50 Cent has had numerous brushes with the law. By the age of 15, he had already purchased his first gun, per The Guardian. According to Rolling Stone, he was arrested for the first time — for possession of crack — when he was in the 10th grade. Promoting the show “For Life,” 50 opened up about his stint in jail following a later drug conviction, noting how his role as a prison cook enabled his understanding of secret prisoner codes. “An inmate didn’t like a certain dish, he’d signal to give only a little. If he liked it, he’d gesture for a lot,” he revealed, per Page Six.
When Fiddy added on two more arrests in 1994, he believed that his only future options were either time in behind bars or an untimely death, telling Rolling Stone, “It was comin’. Long as you stay there, you don’t beat the odds.” Although he did beat those bleak odds, the legal issues continued. He was arrested for gun possession in 2002, per MTV News. Then, in 2004, he allegedly attacked a fan at one of his concerts after being hit with a thrown bottle. However, he agreed to attend anger management classes, among other terms, to avoid prison.
In 2013, he was accused of domestic violence against Daphne Joy, the mother of his second child, son Sire Jackson. Per TMZ, the case was dropped after he pled no contest to misdemeanor vandalism. He was subsequently sentenced to three years’ probation and paid Joy $7,100 in damages.
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