50 Cent likes to pose with money even if it isn't real

Flashback: 50 Cent's Connecticut estate in 2011
Flashback: 50 Cent's Connecticut estate in 2011

Rapper 50 Cent likes to pose with wads of money, even if it's fake money.

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis J. Jackson III, went to court in Connecticut this week to explain to a judge that he used fake prop money in Instagram photos of him lounging amid bundles of cash.

Jackson had been summoned to court to explain the cash-strewn photos because he's involved in bankruptcy proceedings.

But after telling the court the money wasn't real, Jackson tweeted a new picture of himself Wednesday with stacks of cash sticking out of his pants.

According to a court filing, the rapper's photos use fake cash and are part of Jackson's "routine social media marketing activities."

News of the fake money was first reported by the Hartford Courant and The Wall Street Journal.

Jackson's lawyers maintain that he didn't use hidden assets and has disclosed all of his money accurately.

The original summons came in February from a judge who said she was "concerned about allegations of nondisclosure or a lack of transparency in the case."

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50 Cent has posted lots of photos surrounded by cash -- while he's in bankruptcy court.

The photos were first mentioned in court documents filed by headphone maker Sleek Audio, SunTrust Bank (STI) and 50 Cent's ex-girlfriend. The three parties are involved in Jackson's bankruptcy case and claim he owes them a total of $29 million.

Jackson filed for bankruptcy in July. He has said that although he still brings in millions, he's being hurt by costly lawsuits.

Since declaring bankruptcy, Jackson has made fun of the predicament he's in on social media.

The photos, which Jackson began posting in October, show him surrounded by piles of $100 bills. In one he's even used the cash to spell out the word "B-R-O-K-E."

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