50 Cent Gives $100K to Charity After Teasing Autistic Teen

He posted a video on Instagram calling the 19-year-old 'high'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2016 9:12 AM CDT
In this July 20, 2015, file photo, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson attends the premiere of "Southpaw" in New York.   (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
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(Newser) – Curtis Jackson III needed to make amends for a "joke" he posted online, and he's just donated a huge chunk of money to an autism advocacy group, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Jackson—better known by his rapper name 50 Cent—landed in hot water when he posted a video to Instagram of himself making fun of Andrew Farrell, a 19-year-old with autism, Asperger's, and major hearing loss who works as a janitor at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. In the video, 50 can be heard saying Farrell is "high as a mother-----," per TMZ.

"[I want] to turn this misunderstanding into an understanding," 50 said in a statement. "There are people [who] are ignored, mistreated, and neglected with disabilities that need our support. Today, I have made a donation of $100,000 to this worthy cause through Autism Speaks." Farrell and his family are said to be pleased, especially because they had only asked for a $10,000 donation to an autism cause. (50 Cent got into trouble with a bankruptcy judge for posting video of himself frolicking in cash.)

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