Rapper 50 Cent has been ordered to pay a US earphone manufacturer more than 16 million dollars in connection with a failed partnership to produce the entertainer's line of headphones, federal court records show.
The Bradenton Herald reported that the rapper and actor, whose real name is Curtis Jackson III, was ordered to pay Sleek Audio nearly 4.5 million dollars (£2.7 million) in attorney fees and 11.7 million dollars (£6.9 million) in damages.
The US District Court in Miami affirmed the award in late March after a three-year legal battle.
Records allege that the star, a Sleek partner, stole the designs of over-the-ear headphones he asked the company to conceptualise and manufacture.
The rapper has been selling headphones of a similar design under the 50-Over line with another manufacturer.