After months of bickering and accusations flying back and forth, in the end it took only five minutes or so for a judge to rule on a new custody agreement for 50 Cent and ex-girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins, regarding their 12-year-old son, Marquise.
According to People magazine, 50 (born Curtis Jackson) avoided eye contact with Tompkins as the former couple and their attorneys went before a judge in a Central Islip, New York, courtroom on Wednesday afternoon for a proceeding that took just a few minutes.
The judge in the case granted 50 one weekend visit a month (he had requested two a month), as well as half of Marquise's winter and spring breaks from school. TMZ reported that 50 was also granted one month in the summer.
"50 is pleased this has been settled and looks forward to spending some quality time with his son," the rapper's attorney, Brett Kimmel, told People. Tompkins' assessment of the settlement was decidedly less rosy. "We came to an agreement," she said 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."
Things between the former couple have been especially tense since a May 30 fire that destroyed the Long Island home owned by 50 where Tompkins and Marquise had been living. Tompkins had alleged that 50 was somehow involved in the blaze — fire officials deemed the fire "suspicious" — a charge that the rapper vehemently denied and which led to a $20 million defamation lawsuit against Tompkins filed in June. The suit came shortly after Tompkins requested a restraining order against the rapper that required him to remain curbside when picking up and dropping off their son and banned him from being on any property where Tompkins is.