Taco Bell In Legal Battle With Rapper 50 Cent

NEW YORK (AP) -- Rapper 50 Cent is facing a challenge to his street cred - from Taco Bell.

Lawyers for the fast-food chain are calling his federal lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, another attempt to "burnish his gangsta rapper persona by distorting beyond all recognition a bona fide, good faith offer."

The squabble is over a fake letter sent out by Taco Bell Corp. asking 50 Cent to change his name for one day to 79 Cent, 89 Cent or 99 Cent to help publicize its value menu.

In return, the company offered to donate $10,000 to the charity of his choice.

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has sued for trademark infringement.

Jackson's attorney, Peter Raymond, says he wonders why Taco Bell would use his client's name in an ad campaign.


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  • by C on Dec 8, 2008 at 09:36 PM
    An endorsement from any celebrity is not going to sway my meal choices anyway...ESPECIALLY if it comes from a rapper. Truth be told, "rap" needs a "c" in front of it. This so-called "artist" is just another punk that's gotten rich by glorifying the gang lifestyle, which appeals to the brain-dead youth of our society. Rap is nothing more than bad poetry with a beat.
  • by Tim Location: Jacksonville, NC on Nov 29, 2008 at 04:43 PM
    He probably wants to teach them a lesson by using the millions he prob get and donate that to charity, instead of the ten thousand they were offering.lol.. but it don't matter it was a fake letter so this is all pointless.
  • by jonny b Location: greenville on Nov 23, 2008 at 03:30 PM
    Why is 50 cent suing anyone? He's already filthy rich. This just goes to show that people can have all the money in the world and still won't be satisfied.
  • by Matt Location: NC on Nov 22, 2008 at 09:49 PM
    That's exactly what they get for even wanting to do business with this thug. Down with Taco-Bell, frito-lay and pepsi!!!!! They are all one company!!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Nov 22, 2008 at 12:16 PM
    So...the real taco bell sent out a fake letter about 50 cent...and now 50 cent is suing? This doesn't make any sense at all. All the money they are wasting in legal fees could go to a charity that really needs it right now around the holidays. Prime example of what happens when you have more money than brains!
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Nov 22, 2008 at 10:23 AM
    50 who? Are we still talking about this talentless nobody?
  • by ??? Location: NC on Nov 21, 2008 at 06:49 PM
    Another stupid crybaby rapper. Why dont he get William "Beached Whale" Barber to go and do his crying for him.
  • by Clay Location: Pollocksville on Nov 21, 2008 at 04:48 PM
    "....another attempt to "burnish his gangsta rapper persona by distorting beyond all recognition a bona fide, good faith offer." And you're perpetuating it by reporting the unworthy story.
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    Oh yeah, LOVE the "2 case quarters" one. Good stuff!
  • by Blake S. Location: Greenville on Nov 21, 2008 at 12:22 PM
    As if he doesn't have enough money already. This guy can be a joke sometimes, well too manby times. Like someone said earlier, it was a FAKE letter, why is this even happeneing?! I enjoyed whoever said the U.S. Mint should sue him for using the name "50 Cent". Now that's good! It's all for the publicity. Do us all a fovr Fidty, Fifty, 50 Cent, Curtis, or whatever you decide to call him, GET OVER IT!!!
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