Swizz Beatz Was Not Megaupload CEO

Hip-hop producer had been negotiating for the job

January 20, 2012 5:15 PM ET
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Swizz Beatz attends the 'Bronx Arts Recognize' event to benefit the Bronx Charter School for the Arts at the Avenue in New York.
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In the latest twist in the Megaupload file-sharing saga, hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz was apparently not the company's CEO, as has been widely reported. Ira Rothken, an attorney for the company, says that to his knowledge Swizz "was never involved in any meaningful way. He was negotiating to become the CEO, but it was never official."

It's been a wild week for the popular file-sharing service, which was shut down by federal prosecutors yesterday after the arrest in New Zealand of four of the seven defendants named in massive charges of content piracy. The company is now fighting the charges, trying to recover its servers and get back online.

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