American rapper, entrepreneur, investor, record producer, and actor 50 cent is to face a lawsuit thrown at him by a producer who alleges that the star had sampled a song by The Persuaders without any permission.
Robert Poindexter, who did work on numerous of the tracks for the 1970s R&B group, has filed the suit in New York putting accusations out thee that the hip-hop star did in fact use part of the bands track Love Gonna Pack Up and Walk Out in a song called Redrum, which was released free online in 2009.
In the legal documents, obtained by Tmz.com, Poindexter states,
“Fifty Cents (sic) has not denied the infringement, but appears to be basing his defence solely on a frivolous and immaterial claim that the illegal version is not being commercially exploited, but is given away for free.”
The website reports Poindexter is suing for unspecified statutory damages, plus $600,000 (£375,000) in punitive damages as well as interest.