After a bitter custody dispute, a judge also grants the rapper and his 12-year-old holiday time

By Ivory Jeff Clinton
October 22, 2008 06:00 PM
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50 Cent reached an agreement with his former girlfriend on Wednesday in a bitter custody dispute over their 12-year-old son Marquise.

The rapper (real name: Curtis Jackson) and ex Shaniqua Tompkins avoided eye contact as they and their attorneys went before a judge in a Central Islip, N.Y., courtroom just before noon on Wednesday.

During the hearing, which lasted less than five minutes, a judge granted Jackson one weekend visit a month with Marquise, who will also spend half of his school’s winter and spring breaks with his father.

“50 is pleased this has been settled and looks forward to spending some quality time with his son,” the rapper’s attorney Brett Kimmel tells PEOPLE.

“We came to an agreement,” Tompkins told PEOPLE after the hearing. “Despite my feelings for his father, I want Marquise and his father to have a healthy relationship. That’s what that time is for.”

The former couple had been in a heated custody dispute following the May 30 fire that destroyed a Long Island home owned by Jackson and inhabited by Tompkins and their son.

Tompkins publicly blamed Jackson for starting the blaze in the midst of his attempts to evict her. The rap artist denied the allegation and in June filed a $20 million defamation lawsuit against his ex.

Additional reporting by LISA INGRASSIA

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