The rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, defended the photos in question in a new court submission filed Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Jackson, who first filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last July amid a lawsuit brought against him by Lastonia Lewiston over a sex tape, said the images were only meant to promote EFFEN Vodka and his music, and were not indicative of his actual wealth.
“As a hip-hop artist and entertainer, it is imperative that I continue to project aspirational goals of success in order to preserve my brand and those I represent,” Jackson, 40, reportedly said in the filing. “What I say and what I do on social media has a direct impact on my music sales and the viewership on my television shows.”
The money used in several photos – including one where Jackson spelled out “Broke” – are purported to be prop money used for music video and photo shoots.
Jackson’s filing comes after a judge said earlier this year that his online presence made her “concerned about allegations of nondisclosure and a lack of transparency.”
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Jackson seemingly poked fun at the situation on Twitter, posting a photo on Wednesday of himself with money stuffed into his pants while eating M&Ms.
Also on Tuesday, Jackson filed a debt-repayment plan, which will aim to pay $23 million over the next five years to those owed – including Lewiston and Jackson’s mortgage lender. The plan will go into effect if approved by the Connecticut judge.