Rapper 50 Cent has recently said sorry to a man he said he unintentionally mocked.
“While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man,” he said in a statement. “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.”
50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, posted a video on his Instagram account of a footage of himself in the airport approaching janitor Andrew Farrell, whom he referred to as someone “high as a motherf—-r” with pupils “dilated and everything,” after he didn’t answer when asked by the rapper what his name was.
A report by the New York Daily News said that Farrell’s father told reporters that his son is slightly autisic and is suffering from social anxiety and hearing problems.
19-year-old Farrell, who is from Kentucky, said that the incident made him “mad and angry.”
Some reports are saying that the Farrell family is seeking compensation, but their lawyer said that a “sincere apology” is all that they need.
“The family only wants a sincere apology from Mr. Jackson,” said attorney Matthew J. Hammer. “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.”
In his Instagram, Farrell recently posted a selfie without a caption. People were quick to find the account, and the page was soon filled with comments of encouragement.
“Don’t worry about nothin brother……those who mock others are just trying to fill that void in their life they can never fill!!! You keep being you……don’t let that insecure piece of scum get you down!!!” said one comment.
“Dropping by after seeing the video of you at CVG and wanted to say, I thought you held your composure so well and handled that situation better than most people could! You’re awesome, Andrew!” said another.
The original video uploaded by the rapper has since been deleted.