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50 Cent Custody Dispute Appears Headed to Trial

A custody dispute between rapper 50 Cent and the mother of their 11-year-old son appears headed to trial.

Suffolk County Family Court Judge David Freundlich set an Oct. 22 trial date to settle custody issues between 50 Cent and his ex-girlfriend, Shaniqua Tompkins. They have been bickering for months over visitation of their son, Marquise.

Freundlich on Monday temporarily granted the rapper visitation rights every other weekend until the trial.

Tompkins blames 50 Cent for a fire that destroyed the mansion where she and the boy were living in Dix Hills, on Long Island near New York City. He has denied the accusation.

Six people, including Tompkins and Marquise, were treated for smoke inhalation after the May 30 blaze, which remains under investigation by the arson squad.