Hip hop star 50 Cent, who made headlines when his Long Island home burned to the ground in May, has now met with investigators looking into the "highly suspicious" fire. The Suffolk County arson squad confirmed that detectives met with the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, and two of his attorneys in the afternoon of Aug. 20 in Manhattan.
"There were some ongoing scheduling conflicts that were eventually resolved," said Detective Sergeant Edward Fitzgerald.
ABC News reported in the morning of Aug. 20 that Jackson had not yet met with arson squad investigators. When ABC News contacted Jackson's attorney Brett Kimmel on Aug. 18, he would not comment on whether or not Jackson would be meeting with investigators, but the arson squad said it was contacted by one of Jackson's attorneys on Aug. 19 to confirm they could meet the next day.
"We interviewed him long enough to get all of our questions answered," said Fitzgerald of the meeting, which lasted a little over an hour at one of Jackson's attorney's offices. "Our case is still under investigation and we're still carrying it as a fire of undetermined origin."
A representative for Jackson released a statement saying that he had met with investigators on Wednesday. The statement also said the meeting was arranged weeks earlier.
"The final confirmation occurred the day before," Detective Fitzgerald said, adding that Jackson was cooperative during the meeting.
Kimmel did not return a call from ABC News seeking comment about the meeting, but Jackson's representative said "50 is eager to review the findings of the investigation, when it is concluded."
The attorney for Jackson's former girlfriend Shaniqua Tompkins, who was living in the home at the time of the fire, welcomed the news that Jackson had met with investigators.
"Given the seriousness and suspiciousness of the fire and that lives were endangered, I'm surprised that it took the authorities so long to pin [Jackson] down for an interview," said Catsandonis, who had previously called for Jackson to meet with the squad.
The blaze occurred in the early morning of May 30, destroying the multi-million dollar home in the Long Island neighborhood of Dix Hills. Tompkins and her son with Jackson, 10-year-old Marquise, escaped the blaze along with four others staying at the house. They were reportedly taken to the hospital and released after being treated for smoke inhalation.
At the time of the fire, Jackson was in Louisiana filming a movie. His publicist released a statement saying he "expressed deep concern over this fire at his property. He is extremely thankful that everyone including his son, Marquise, escaped the burning house safely. He is confident that authorities will be conducting a thorough investigation of the incident and is eager to review their findings."
The fire was referred to the arson squad because of its intensity and who the property belongs to, fire officials told reporters at the time, while Tompkins immediately pointed the finger at Jackson. "I know this came from 50 Cent," Tompkins told reporters. "I know he did it."
She and Jackson had been involved in a contentious dispute over the home, and Tompkins had filed a lawsuit against the hip-hop star, claiming that he promised her the house years earlier and that he was now trying to force her and their son out. The suit was still pending at the time of the fire.