50 Cent Charged with Domestic Violence Against Ex-Girlfriend

50 Cent Charged with Domestic Violence Against Ex-Girlfriend
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updated 07/03/2013 at 06:35 PM EDT

originally published 07/03/2013 07:00PM

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson is in legal hot water.

The rapper, 37, has been charged with one misdemeanor count of domestic violence and four misdemeanor counts of vandalism after an alleged run-in with a former girlfriend, according to Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer.

Jackson allegedly injured the unidentified woman and destroyed $7,100 of her property during an altercation at her Toluca Lake, Calif., condo on June 23, the City Attorney says. The exes had been in a three-year relationship and had a child together.

"Regardless of perceived celebrity or notoriety, domestic violence is a serious crime and alleged perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by this office," Feuer says in a statement. "We will continue to look out for the safety of all victims of domestic violence and seek justice for the alleged crimes."

When officers responded to a call, they observed broken chandeliers and broken furniture, a ransacked bedroom closet and broken television through the living space, according to the City Attorney. Jackson fled the scene before officers arrived.

"Curtis Jackson denies these allegations as made against him. It is important to note, Mr. Jackson has not been arrested and there is no warrant outstanding for his arrest," the rapper's attorney Scott Leemon said in a statement.

"We have been in contact with the LA City Attorney's Office and are currently conducting our own investigation into these allegations. Out of respect for the legal process, we will not be commenting any further at this time."

If convicted, Jackson faces a maximum penalty of five years in jail and $46,000 in fines.

Arraignment is scheduled for July 22.

Reporting by MELODY CHIU

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