Rapper 50 Cent has claimed the money that he’s flaunted in recent Instagram posts is actually fake and not real currency. The rapper, who filled for bankruptcy in June 2015, was asked to explain where the money in the pictures came from by a bankruptcy court in Connecticut.

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Judge Ann Nevins had said: "I'm concerned about allegations of nondisclosure and lack of transparency in the case.” She added that bankruptcy is a place where "honest, but unfortunate" people can be given fresh start.

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While the rapper has claimed the money is fake and he has not been hiding cash, the U.S. trustee’s office has now asked Nevins to appoint an examiner to review 50’s assets. In one picture, posted in October, the rapper used $100 bills to spell out the word 'broke'.

In a statement to the court 50 (real name Curtis Jackson) said: "Hip-hop culture is widely recognised as aspirational in nature. The standard by which artists and fans engage is commonly tied to money, jewellery, products and advertising over social media.”

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"Products and brands are now marketed through social media as an effective way to engage with consumers. Just because I am sensitive to the needs of maintaining my brand does not mean that I am hiding assets or that I have lied on my fillings in this Bankruptcy Case, neither of which is true."