50 Cent Apologizes For Mocking Autistic Airport Employee on Instagram
50 Cent is making up for his social media antics after mocking an autistic airport employee in an Instagram video. In the clip (which has since been deleted), the rapper says the "new generation is crazy" and follows 19-year-old Andrew Farrell at Cincinatti/Northern Kentucky Airport, suggesting that he was "high."
"While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man," said 50 Cent in a statement sent to Billboard. "It was certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community, which is a source of great strength in America. I have apologized personally to him and his family."
Farrell, who has difficulty communicating because of his condition, has since received an outpouring of encouraging words on his Instagram. Despite reports that claimed his family would be pursuing a lawsuit against 50 Cent, the family's attorney, Matthew J. Hammer, says they "only want a sincere apology from Mr. Jackson," per an email obtained by Billboard. Hammer adds, "The Cincinnati area loves Mr. Jackson and his work and I think it can only be mutually beneficial if he is willing to offer an apology to Andrew and his family."
According to BBC, Andrew Farrell's stepfather, Ken Kramer, says the family "has chosen to accept" 50's apology.