Rapper 50 Cent charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend

Rapper 50 Cent Credit: Reuters

US rapper 50 Cent has been charged with domestic violence and vandalism in Los Angeles after an alleged altercation with the mother of his child.

The rapper, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, is accused of kicking the woman and destroying $7,100 (£4,648) worth of property in her condominium on June 23 in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles.

The 37-year-old, who has sold about 20 million albums worldwide, has been charged with one count of misdemeanour domestic violence and four counts of vandalism, Los Angeles City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of five years in jail and $46,000 in fines if convicted on all counts.