Rapper 50 Cent fled the Toluca Lake condo of his former girlfriend after someone called 911 to report he was attacking her, police said.
Los Angeles Police Lt. Alan Hamilton said officers responded to a 911 call from the complex and found considerable damage to the upscale apartment and evidence of domestic violence on June 23.
"We did a thorough and comprehensive investigation and turned it over to the district attorney who in turn gave it to the city attorney, " Hamilton said. "Mr. Jackson fled as officers arrived."
On Wednesday, prosecutors charged the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, with five criminal counts, including one count of domestic violence and four counts of vandalism. The charges also accuse Jackson of defacing "with graffiti and other inscribed material" the woman's property.
If convicted on all counts, Jackson could face up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines for allegedly injuring the woman and destroying $7,100 in property during the altercation.
"Regardless of perceived celebrity or notoriety, domestic violence is a serious crime and alleged perpetrators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by this office," City Atty. Mike Feuer said. "We will continue to look out for the safety of all victims of domestic violence and seek justice for the alleged crimes."
The woman had previously been in a three-year relationship with Jackson and they have a child together, according to prosecutors.
Responding officers observed broken chandeliers and broken furniture throughout the woman's condo, authorities said. Officers also reportedly saw a ransacked bedroom closet with the woman's clothes thrown all over the floor as well as a broken television and lamp.
The rapper/actor was not at the scene when officers arrived.
He could not immediately be reached for comment.