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Miami Spa Blasts 50 Cent’s ‘Frivolous’ Lawsuit Over Penis Surgery ‘Insinuation’

The spa's owner confirmed that 50 Cent did not have "penile enhancement surgery" – but she says she never falsely implied that he did.

Days after rapper 50 Cent accused a Miami medical spa of falsely suggesting that he’d had penis surgery, the company has retained a lawyer and is firing back.

Represented by attorney Darren Heitner, Angela Kogan and her Perfection Plastic Surgery & MedSpa said in a statement Tuesday that they would “vigorously defend” themselves against the rapper’s “frivolous” lawsuit, which the star (real name Curtis Jackson) filed last week in Florida federal court.

The case claims that Kogan used an innocent photo snapped with 50 Cent to falsely imply that he was a client and had received penile enhancement surgery. But in her statement, she says he actually was a client – and had consented to the use of the image as payment for the work he received.

“Mr. Jackson seems to not recall the true underlying facts,” Heitner wrote for Kogan. “To refresh his memory, Mr. Jackson received services from Perfection Plastic Surgery & MedSpa. Mr. Jackson and Ms. Kogan agreed that, instead of Mr. Jackson paying for the services, Mr. Jackson would take a picture with Ms. Kogan that she was permitted to display on her personal and business social media accounts. Witnesses were present when this arrangement was entered into and when the picture was captured.”

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As for the suggestion of penile enhancement surgery, Kogan confirmed that 50 Cent never got one – but she says that she never implied as much. In her statement, she suggested that any legal beef the rapper has should be with The Shade Room, the website that published an article about her practice featuring the image of 50 Cent alongside a story about penile enhancements.

“Mr. Jackson apparently takes great issue with the graphic that was created and used by The Shade Room,” Heitner wrote for Kogan. “However, instead of filing claims against the author who wrote the article and/or the website that published it, Mr. Jackson has decided to smear Ms. Kogan’s name and the name of her business without cause.”

Kogan says she did not provide the photo to the Shade Room or consent to the use of it in the story. But she says the article’s text was accurate: “The article did not state that Mr. Jackson received a penis enhancement, nor did it include any commentary from Ms. Kogan stating same. Instead, [The Shade Room] accurately reported, in an article that also addressed penis enhancement procedures, that Ms. Kogan’s extensive clientele of celebrities includes 50 Cent.”

The Shade Room, which was not named as a defendant in 50 Cent’s lawsuit, did not immediately return a request for comment on Kogan’s response.

The lawsuit, filed on Friday, told a very different story. 50 Cent’s attorneys say he “graciously agreed” to take the pic with “someone he thought was a fan.” He says he “never consented” to the use of the image for commercial purposes in any form, and certainly not in a way that implied he’d had penile surgery.

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The lawsuit claims that Kogan essentially engineered the article on the Shade Room, which never directly claimed that he had the surgery but used his image prominently alongside text, headlines and other images about penile enhancements performed by Kogan’s business.

“The implication was clear: The photo is juxtaposed with an image of a faceless male obtaining a penile enhancement procedure, with a euphemistic eggplant emoji covering his exposed groin area,” Jackson’s attorneys wrote. They stressed that it had been used as the “thumbnail” image when the article was shared on social media, widening the scope of the alleged misrepresentation.

They claim the use of the image “exposed Jackson to ridicule and caused “substantial damage to his professional and personal reputation.” His lawyers included a number of such social media comments in the complaint, including one that “crudely” said the rapper should now be called “50 inch.”

“Kogan … should have known that this could lead to vulgar and sexually charged comments about Jackson and his body, particularly in light of the ways that Black men in U.S. history have been, and continue to be, sexualized and fetishized,” the star’s lawyers wrote.

In technical terms, the lawsuit claims that Kogan and her business violated his so-called right of publicity – the right to control the commercial use of your name and likeness. He also says it amounted to an invasion of privacy, and violated federal law barring false endorsement and false advertising.