Hartford (AP) - Today rapper 50 cent took the stand in a Hartford courtroom.He's suing over repairs and renovations to his Farmington mansionthat cost a lot more than his stage name.
This is a story about a first time home buyer who claims hishome inspector grossly underestimated how much it would cost to fixup the house he was buying. But this run of the mill court case isnothing short of a spectacle because that first time home buyer israpper 50 Cent.
Most plaintiffs in civil cases at Hartford Superior Court arenot mobbed when they leave after testifying. But this plaintiff isCurtis Jackson, better known as rapper 50 Cent.
Today his celebrity was the top act at the normally sedatechambers of Hartford Superior Court.
What's the issue? Amammoth fifty-six thousand square footFarmington mansion 50 Cent bought in 2003 from the ex-wife of boxerMike Tyson for $3.7 million.
Like almost every home buyer, 50 Cent hired a firm. In this caseBVH Integrated Services of Bloomfield to inspect the property forany unseen or unknown problems.
"BVH said all the systems could be restored for $500,000," saidJackson's lawyer. "BVH was off by millions. They should have knowntheir estimates were way off if they did their job."
Some of the areas that needed repair includes the roof, windowsand the systems used to keep the giant mansion operating.
Jackson says if he'd known it would cost so much money he'dnever have bought the property.
"To be honest with you I would have never spent more than$700,000 in damages because I would feel like I was living in aconstruction site," Jackson said.
The attorney representing BVH claims Jackson poured millionsinto the property, but they were for luxury home improvements.
"The work Mr. Jackson ultimately performed was extravagant,"BVH's attorney said. "It was in excess of what it would take to putthis property in operating condition."
The trial is expected to possibly take eight days. 50 Cent didtry to sell the home, listing it for $18.5 million but has taken itoff the market for now. Like the rest us, he was up against a toughreal estate market.
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