50 Cent 'beat up' ex-lover
US rapper 50 Cent has been charged with domestic violence and vandalism in Los Angeles after an alleged altercation with the mother of his child.
The rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, is accused of kicking the woman and destroying $7100 worth of property in her apartment in Los Angeles on June 23.
The 37-year-old, who has sold 20million albums, has been charged with one count of misdemeanour domestic violence and four counts of vandalism, said the Los Angeles city attorney's spokesman.
The Candy Shop rapper allegedly kicked open a door in the apartment and destroyed a piece of furniture, a chandelier and a television.
"The altercation apparently started from an allegation of infidelity on her part," the spokesman said, adding that the Grammy-winning rapper left before the police arrived.
The city attorney's office described the victim, who is unnamed because it is a domestic violence case, as a former girlfriend of 50 Cent.
The rapper's publicist and attorney were not immediately available for comment.
50 Cent, from Queens, New York, shot to fame with his 2003 debut studio album Get Rich or Die Tryin', which has sold about 15 million copies, making it one of the world's best-selling albums.
He will appear in the Los Angeles Superior Court on July 22 and faces five years in jail and a fine of about R460000.