Rapper 50 Cent: Cash in social media photos isn’t real

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Rapper 50 Cent says the stacks of cash in his social media photos that drew scrutiny from a bankruptcy court judge aren’t real.

The rapper says in a statement filed in court Tuesday that the bills were props and he isn’t hiding assets.

Judge Ann Nevins has ordered 50 Cent to appear in bankruptcy court in Hartford on Wednesday to explain the Instagram photos, including one of him next to piles of cash arranged to spell out “broke.”

The U.S. trustee’s office is asking Nevins to appoint an examiner to review the rapper’s assets.

50 Cent, born Curtis Jackson III, filed for bankruptcy last year after a New York City jury ordered him to pay $7 million to a woman who said he posted her sex tape online.