[C]rap artist 50 Cent has sued an internet advert company for using his image in an online promotion.
The image wobbles about on the screen and viewers are encouraged to shoot the image. A successful shot results in a cloud of blood.
A lawyer for 50 Cent last night said, "The image does not look like Curtis, but the character is intended to be him. It encourages people to take pot shots at my client, and although he's used to it, he thinks it's a bit rich for his target 12-year-old audience to be doing it. They should wait until they're teenagers, at least."
At a 50 Cent concert last night, some 360 automatic weapons were confiscated at the door from the 150 people that turned up, and fans were reduced to pelting the [c]rapper with old socks and rotting fruit. 50 Cent was seen to retaliate several times with a BB gun, but the targets were too quick for him.
50 Cent was also seeking an injunction against the use of his image without his agreement, or anything that looks like him.
The advertising industry is fighting the claim. An insider said, "If this injunction is granted, there would be no black people used in any promotion because they all look the same to me."