50 Cent has issued an apology for mocking an autistic man at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport over the weekend. In his official statement, the American rapper and TV producer admitted that the incident was the result of an "unfortunate misunderstanding" and he never intended to insult Andrew Farrell.
"While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man.... 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," the In Da Club star said via NY Post.
The G-Unit leader, who is also known as Curtis James Jackson III, posted a video on his social media account (which he later deleted before it resurfaced on YouTube) accusing the 19-year-old janitor of being "high" while on duty.
"What kind of s**t you think he took before he got to work today? He is high as a m**********r right here in the airport. Pupils dilated and everything, looking like... the new generation is f*****g crazy," he said.
The video received severe backlash from fans, who accused the singer of degrading Farrell and his family. "Everything he [50 Cent] said about him is not true. He gets up. He goes to work. He does his job. He goes home. He doesn't bother anybody," Farrell's mother Amanda Kramer told Cincinnati.com.
Ken Kramer added that his stepson suffered from hearing impairment too. "He doesn't talk to people very often. He's got a social anxiety disorder. He also has a hearing impairment."
TMZ reported that Farrell's family is happy after the "sincere public apology".