50 Cent's fire fears
- Bang Showbiz
- 16 December 2008
50 Cent has hinted he believes his ex-girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins started the fire which destroyed his £1.2 million home earlier this year
50 Cent has hinted he believes his ex-girlfriend started the fire which destroyed his £1.2 million home earlier this year.
The US rapper - real name Curtis Jackson - refused to openly blame Shaniqua Tompkins for the blaze in May, but did confirm she was ordered to leave his home in Dix Hills, New York, just days before it was torched.
Speaking to Quddus Philippe, correspondent for US TV show 'TV One Access', 50 said: "The courts told her she had to leave. It's kind of more like, 'If I can't have you, you can't have it.' "
When Quddus asked the rapper if he believed his ex-lover lit the fire, he replied: "Well, I don't want to say that… don't try to make me say something I don't want to say. But, the circumstances to it might seem that way."
Six people, including 50 and Shaniqua's 10-year-old son Marquis, were rushed to hospital after the blaze.
Earlier in the year, Shaniqua had filed a lawsuit against 50 claiming he had promised her a house 10 years ago.
Days before the fire broke out, her lawyer Paul Catsandonis revealed the battle for the house had become "extremely, extremely contentious". It was reported the 33-year-old rapper tried to get his ex-lover evicted from the property following a heated argument.
In the wake of the incident, Shaniqua accused 50 of torching the house and trying to kill her and Marquis.
She said at the time: "He tried to kill me and his own child. I know this came from 50 Cent. I know he did it."
50 has always strongly denied the accusations.