The investigation into claims a senior police officer told his team to “shoot” 50 Cent “on sight” has been closed.
The claims were “deemed unsubstantiated” and the case was closed, Lieutenant Thomas Antonetti told Radio 1 Newsbeat.
50 Cent said: “I knew they were not going to do anything about this. So I stop talking about it. NYPD is hands down the toughest gang in New York,” he added on Instagram.
It had been claimed that Deputy Inspector Gonzalez made the comment and tried to pass it off as a joke, but was reported to the NYPD internal affairs department.
A month before the alleged incident, the police officer in question had filed an aggravated harassment complaint against 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson. He said the rapper had threatened him on Instagram in response to claims that Deputy Insp Gonzalez had unfairly investigated one of 50 Cent’s favourite nightclubs.
In May 2000, the 44-year-old infamously survived being shot nine times point-blank. He was sitting in a friend’s car while another car pulled up alongside Jackson, and alleged shooter Darryl ‘Hommo’ Baum let off nine shots from a 9mm handgun. 50 Cent was shot in the hand, arm, hip, both legs, chest and left cheek.
The shot through his cheek left him with a permanently swollen tongue. It also left him with a slur in his voice, which creates 50 Cent’s unique rapping voice. This is actually caused by a fragment of a bullet that is lodged to the inside of his mouth. His doctor decided to leave it there as it would potentially do more damage than help.