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Judge Refuses to Toss 50 Cent Sex Tape Lawsuit

The rapper tried to end a suit over a sex tape he edited himself into as a character named Pimpin' Curly.

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Rapper 50 Cent has lost a bid to end a Florida woman's lawsuit over a sex video posted online with him edited into it as a wig-wearing narrator.

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A New York judge rebuffed the rapper's request to dismiss Lastonia Leviston's claim in a ruling made public Thursday. Lawyers for both sides haven't returned calls seeking comment.

The lawsuit concerns a videotape Leviston made with a boyfriend in 2008. The judge's decision says the boyfriend later provided the tape to 50 Cent without Leviston's permission.

The rapper used the footage to make a video featuring himself as a character named Pimpin' Curly.

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He says he wasn't responsible for the video's 2009 release. But he says it was legally fair to use the images.

Her lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.