50 Cent's Ex Must Pay Up Rent For Charred House
LATEST: 50 CENT's ex-girlfriend SHANIQUA TOMPKINS has been ordered to pay $4,500 (GBP2,250) in unpaid rent on the charred remains of the rapper's New York home.
The Long Island estate, which is owned by 50 Cent and was occupied by his former lover Tompkins and their 10-year-old son Marquise, was set ablaze last month (May08) in what New York cops have called a "highly suspicious" inferno. Tompkins later accused the rapper, real name Curtis Jackson, of starting the fire himself - allegations he has vehemently denied.
The home has been at the centre of a bitter dispute between the former couple since April's (08) ruling that she and Marquise must leave the rapper's mansion by the end of 2008.
Lawyers for the two parties appeared at Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday (10Jun08) for a hearing in relation to Tompkins' $50 million (GBP25 million) breach of contract suit against the In Da Club star.
But after hearing how Tompkins has been withholding her rent from the star since May (08), Justice Carol Edmead ruled she must hand over the cash in full - setting the deadline for Friday (13Jun08), reports the New York Post..
She told Tompkins' attorney, Paul Catsandonis: "She better pay it by the end of the week. Do you understand?"
Catsandonis tried unsuccessfully to get an extension on the deadline - claiming it was a time of "undue hardship" for her after losing her home in the blaze.
Tompkins told the court: "We lost everything. All we have is the clothes we jumped out of the window with."
But 50 Cent's lawyer Brett Kimmel revealed his client has been paying Tompkins $6,700 (GBP3,350) a month in child support - which includes $4,500 (GBP2,250) to rent a new place to live - something Tompkins has failed to do.
In the same hearing, the rapper was told not to sell the remains of his property until investigators have found the cause of the fire.