50 Cent issues apology to CVG worker he mocked in video

Published: May. 3, 2016 at 1:58 AM EDT|Updated: May. 4, 2016 at 11:43 AM EDT
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50 Cent issued the apology to Andrew Ferrell Tuesday (Photo provided)
50 Cent issued the apology to Andrew Ferrell Tuesday (Photo provided)

NORTHERN KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Rapper 50 Cent has issued an apology Tuesday to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport worker he made fun of in an expletive-filled video.

Curtis James Jackson III – a.k.a. 50 Cent – shared a now-deleted video on Sunday showing him accusing a CVG janitor of being high on drugs. The airport worker was later identified as Andrew Farrell, who has Asperger's Syndrome, a hearing deficiency and social anxiety, according to his parents.

"While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, please accept my sincere apologies for offending you," the rapper wrote to Andrew and the Farrell/Kramer family. "It was certainly not my intent to insult you and I wish you and your family well."

"It's what we expected. I didn't expect anything less," said Ken Kramer, step father to Andrew Farrell when asked about the 50 Cent apology.

After 50 issued his apology, the Farrell/Kramer family issued a letter saying they accept his apology and are choosing to forgive.

We would first like to thank everyone for the amazing amount of support that they have shown over the past few days. It has been an emotional roller coaster that we are ready to put to rest. As requested we have received a letter apologizing for 50 cent's behavior and we have chosen to accept it, along with a request that a donation be made to Autism Speaks. Though a letter of apology will not undo what 50 cent has put our family through, we are choosing to forgive. A great lesson can be learned from this heartbreaking situation. Regardless of the way that another person appears to you, it is never okay to publicly humiliate them via social media. We hope that this situation brings more awareness to what people with autism and other forms of social anxiety suffer through on a daily basis. Again, we thank the growing number of supporters who have shown both love and acceptance during this difficult time.

The hip-hop icon was in town making an appearance at Jungle Jim's to promote his vodka line.

"Listen, the new generation is crazy," said the rapper in the Instagram video that's since been taken down. "Look at him, what kind of s*** you think he took before he got to work today."

In one of his songs, 50 says he stays "high all the time" and assumed Andrew Farrell was doing the same thing.

The man who 50 attacked on social media has been a staff member at the airport for a month as a janitor - his first job ever.

Now Farrell has been thrown into the spot light just for doing his job.

Farrell suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and has hearing deficiency and social anxiety.

"I was appalled by it...I was like who is he to judge a book by its cover which is what he did," Andrew's stepfather Ken Kramer stated.

Both of his parents were upset to see the video.

"Anytime someone says something negative to your children that is something hard to hear," said Andrews mother Amanda Kramer.

Farrell said the whole experience was weird.

"Why is he doing this," Farrell said he was thinking during the ordeal.

Farrell said he had no idea he was following him and making fun of him while it was gone on, but he knows now.

When asked what he thinks of 50 Cent now, he said "a jerk."

In response to the video, the operators of Holy Grail at The Banks announced they no longer would serve Effen vodka. The rapper is a spokesman for the liquor.

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