50 cent has been forced to pay headphone manufacturer Sleek $9 million (18,000,000 cent if you're curious) in damages after being found to have stolen their design, according to Radar Online.
Fiddy was taken to court for "misappropriating trade secrets, breaching his fiduciary duty owed to Sleek, participating in a civil conspiracy, breaching his confidentiality agreement with Sleet and being unjustly enriched."
This hullabaloo all stems from a business arrangement the rapper - real name Curtis Jackson - had with Sleek. Fiddy had invested $1 million in the headphone company with the intention of them producing a range of headphones for him. Instead, though, he produced a different set of headphones with an entirely different company. The court documents state that Fiddy's new headphones, which are called Sync By 50, are "basically the same design, mechanically" and allege that the rapper produced them with knowledge obtained from Sleek's design.
Sleek have also claimed that 50 Cent and his team stole a database of 3,639 potential customers email addresses from a website used to promote the headphones. The court papers cast 50 Cent's team in a negative light, showing that his personal business manager sent an email which stated: "[Sleek] is onto us, LOL. They emailed and called ... about the data."