Fifty’s Canadian Rap
Rapper 50 Cent has found himself in legal hot water on more than one occasion, and a recent suit filed in Canada could leave 50 out of the game.
Clayton Baker, who attended one of the rapper’s concerts in 2005, recently filed suit in a Vancouver court against the Pacific National Exhibition and four of the security guards working the show, according to the Vancouver Sun.
He also names the concert promoter in the suit, claiming an atmosphere of hostility was created during the show’s promotion that led to a violent crowd at the PNE show, the Sun said.
Baker claims he was grabbed by security guards, pinned down, stepped on and forcibly removed from the venue in a case of mistaken identity. He also claims the injuries he obtained during the show have left him unable to work since the incident.
Baker is seeking unspecified damages for his injuries, the Sun reported.
The suit has apparently riled up some Canadian politicians, who’ve gone so far as to call for a ban of the artist in Canada.
The rapper faced charges stemming from an incident at a 2005 concert in a Massachusetts court after jumping into the crowd at a show, resulting in the injuries of three women during the subsequent chaos. Those charges were eventually dropped.
A PNE spokeswoman told Pollstar the company had not seen the lawsuit and does not comment on pending litigation.