50 Cent sues ex Daphne Joy for defamation after rape accusation

50 Cent sued his ex-girlfriend Daphne Joy on Monday, accusing her of defamation after she claimed he raped her during their relationship.

The “Many Men” rapper, 48, claimed Joy only accused him rape because he sought sole custody of their 11-year-old son, Sire, according to TMZ. He said the allegations tarnished his business reputation and hurt his chances of winning the case.

Joy, 37, dated 50 Cent from 2011 to 2013 and shared a lengthy Instagram post on March 28 addressed to the rapper, whose legal name is Curtis Jackson.

“Let’s put the real focus on your true evil actions of raping me and physically abusing me,” Joy wrote. “You are no longer my oppressor and my God will handle you from this point on.”

50 Cent and Joy had been in a legal dispute over custody of Sire when Rodney Jones, also known as Lil Rod, mentioned Joy in a lawsuit against Sean “Diddy” Combs.

The suit accused Combs of abusing and manipulating Jones. In the documents, Jones said Combs paid women monthly as sex workers, and he named Joy as one of those women.

“The claim that I am a sex worker is 100% false and character assassination,” Joy responded on Instagram. “I am retaining an attorney to explore all legal remedies against Rodney and his attorney.”

50 Cent mentioned the lawsuit in a tweet that read: “I didn’t know you was a sex worker, you little sex worker.”

Joy responded to that tweet with her Instagram message, accusing 50 Cent of raping and abusing her while being absent from Sire’s life.

In 2013, 50 Cent was charged with domestic violence for allegedly kicking Joy in the stomach during a violent rampage at her Southern California home. He eventually pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor vandalism, and the domestic violence charge was dropped.