Rapper 50 Cent is being sued by the mother of his 10 year old son for allegedly trying to evict her from a $2 million home he owns in New York. Shaniqua Tomkins, 50 Cent’s ex-girlfriend and mother of their son Marquise, claims that 50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson) promised to provide her with the house but ultimately put the house in his own name. She claims that he is now trying to evict her from the home. She was apparently allowed to stay in the home following a child support modification case on the condition that she begin looking for a different place to live, presumably paid for by her. Tompkins is suing for breach of contract and unjust enrichment.
Tompkins does receive child support payments for Marquise from the rapper. 50 Cent recently won a child support battle in a Long Island, New York court. Tomkins originally asked the court to award her $50,000 a month in child support. The court had awarded $25,000 on a temporary basis, while reviewing Tompkins’ monthly expenses.
After months of battling, the court ultimately reduced the child support award to $6,700 a month. The award was based upon the reasonable monthly needs and expenses of Tompkins and young Marquise.
Forbes magazine has estimated that 50 Cent made $33 million in 2006. The rap star’s stake in the VitaminWater company was part of a Coca Cola buyout in 2007, netting him an estimated $100 million – and that was in addition to his music sales, record label income and endorsement deals.
As never-married parents, 50 Cent and Tompkins originally had child support established through the filing of a paternity suit. After the rapper was legally determined to the father of Marquise (either by DNA test or admission), a judge would have had authority to establish custody, visitation and child support. New York, like most states, uses a government-created mathematical calculation to determine the amount of child support awards. The calculation is largely based on the combined incomes of both parents. New York State Child Support Standards generally award 17% of the non-custodial parent’s adjusted gross income as child support for one child. For parents whose combined income exceeds $80,000, however, the courts are not required to abide by the 17% guideline. The courts will take into account the reasonable needs of the child and other considerations such as the lifestyle the child would have enjoyed if the parents lived together. In New York, however, courts have traditionally kept child support for one child below $12,000 per month – even for millionaires and billionaires.
Tompkins was represented in the child support case by renowned New York attorney Raoul Felder. Felder has previously represented many high-profile divorce clients including Rudy Giuliani, David Gest (Liza Minnelli’s ex-husband) and Joumana Kidd, ex-wife of NBA star Jason Kidd. She has hired a different attorney for the house and eviction-related lawsuit. 50 Cent was represented in the support modification hearing by attorney Brett Kimmel, a former associate in Felder’s law firm. Kimmel has previously represented Mysa Hylton-Brim in child support actions against Sean “P. Diddy” Combs.