Anyone well versed in rap folklore is aware 50 Cent was shot multiple times at close range in 2000. But perhaps a lesser known fact is the orthopedic surgeon who treated the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ legend sued 50 after he allegedly skipped out on a roughly $32,000 bill.
The problem? The doctor only sued once 50 got famous. On Wednesday (September 23), 50 shared that little “50 Cent fact” and lamented the way the story was framed.
“see how they make me out to be the bad guy no matter what,” he captioned the post. “Boy it’s a good thing i learned not to care what people think of me. I didn’t get on till 03, the doctor came back. looking for 32G’s. I said man, get the fuck outta here before you get shot. LOL.”
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👀see how they make me out to be the bad guy no matter what. Boy it’s a good thing i learned not to care what people think of me.🤷🏽♂️I didn’t get on till 03, the doctor came back 👀looking for 32G’s. 😆I said man, get the fuck outta here before you get shot. LOL #starzgettheapp #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi
The shooting took place on May 24, 2000 outside of his grandmother’s home in Jamaica, Queens. Fiddy was reportedly shot nine times in the hand, arm, hip, both legs, chest and left cheek. His facial wound led to a swollen tongue, the loss of a wisdom tooth and slurred speech.
50 spent 13 days in the hospital recovering from his injuries. Alleged assailant Darryl Baum, who was Mike Tyson’s close friend and bodyguard, was killed three weeks later.
The Power mogul also addressed the shooting on the Get Rich or Die Tryin’ track “Many Men (Death Wish)” and his autobiography From Pieces to Weight: Once Upon A Time in Southside Queens, writing, “After I got shot nine times at close range and didn’t die, I started to think that I must have a purpose in life … How much more damage could that shell have done? Give me an inch in this direction or that one, and I’m gone.”
According to the Myers & Galiardo law firm, Dr. Nader Paksima says 50 left a balance of $32,511.97 after he treated 50’s wounds and provided post-surgical care at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens.