LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KTLA) – Rap star 50 Cent was charged Wednesday in connection with a domestic violence incident that left his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his child injured, authorities said.
The rapper and actor, whose birth name is Curtis Jackson, allegedly began destroying the woman’s property during an argument on June 23 at her condo in the Toluca Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
When she locked herself in a bedroom, Jackson kicked open the door and kicked her, according to the LAPD.
Jackson was charged with five criminal counts, including one count of domestic violence and four counts of vandalism.
If convicted on all counts, he could face up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines for allegedly injuring the woman and destroying $7,100 in property during the altercation.
“Regardless of perceived celebrity or notoriety, domestic violence is a serious crime and alleged perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by this office,” City Attorney Mike Feuer told the Los Angeles Times.
“We will continue to look out for the safety of all victims of domestic violence and seek justice for the alleged crimes,” Feuer added.
The woman was previously in a three-year relationship with Jackson and they have a child together, according to prosecutors.
Responding officers observed broken chandeliers and broken furniture throughout the woman’s condo, authorities said.
Officers also reportedly saw a ransacked bedroom closet with the woman’s clothes thrown all over the floor as well as a broken television and lamp.
The rapper and actor had already left the scene when officers arrived.
At 3:40 p.m. on Wednesday 50 Cent tweeted, “I’m in the car I haven’t been arrested.”
He is due in court to be arraigned on July 22.