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50 Cent Apologizes After Mocking Man With Autism At Airport

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UPDATE: The rapper told Billboard in a statement Thursday that he had donated US$100,000 to Autism Speaks.

The family of an autistic man say they accept 50 Cent's apology after the rapper mocked their son at work.

Andrew Farrell was working as a janitor at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport over the weekend when 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, approached him and accused him of being high, according to WLWT.

"This new generation is crazy. It's crazy," Jackson said in a video he posted to Twitter.

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"Look at him," he said, referring to Farrell. "What kind of [expletive] do you think he took before coming to work today?"

Farrell, 19, also has severe hearing loss, according to TMZ.

After the rapper posted the video over the weekend, several Ohio businesses pulled his Effen Vodka from their shelves, according to WDTN.

Farrell's family was in talks about a potential lawsuit, TMZ reported, but a representative said they'd be happy if the rapper apologized — which he has.

“While the incident at the airport resulted from an unfortunate misunderstanding, I am truly sorry for offending the young man,” Jackson told Page Six in a statement.

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"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."

In a statement to WLWT, the family said they accept 50 Cent's apology, but also requested a donation be made to charity Autism Speaks.

"Though a letter of apology will not undo what 50 Cent has put our family through, we are choosing to forgive," they said.

"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."

But this isn't the first time the artist has been criticized for his comments on disabilities. In 2012, he apologized after telling a Twitter fan "yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic," and "I don't want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else."

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