A federal jury has awarded rapper Cardi B about $4 million in a defamation lawsuit against a 2018 video blogger who claimed she was a prostitute who contracted sexually transmitted infections. sex and cocaine use.
Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, sued celebrity gossiper, known as Tasha K, in 2019 for posting more than 20 videos spreading “malicious rumors” about the rapper, according to the lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, where Tasha K lives.
The jury found Tasha K, whose real name is Latasha Kebe, to be charged with two counts of slander and one count of defamation and invasion of privacy, according to a verdict handed down Monday.
The jury awarded Ms. Almanzar $1.25 million on Monday and an additional $2.8 million on Tuesday, according to separate rulings filed Monday and Tuesday. The award includes $25,000 for medical expenses and about $1.3 million to cover the rapper’s legal expenses.
Ms Kebe also posted in 2018 that Ms Almanzar had a herpes outbreak in her mouth and that she would give birth to a child with an intellectual disability.
Ms Almanzar, 29, testified in court this month that she “felt extremely suicidal” after Ms Kebe posted the video, adding that “only the wicked could do that”, Lisa Moore , her attorney Almanzar, said on Monday.
In the lawsuit, the rapper’s lawyers say the content will damage her reputation with fans and affect her business prospects. Cardi B, a Grammy Award-winning rapper from the Bronx, shot to fame in 2017 with the song “Bodak Yellow,” which immortalized her “money-making” trend.
Kebe’s statements have earned her millions of views on Twitter, Instagram and her YouTube channel, unWinewithTashaK. Most of the content can still be viewed online, although the rapper sent Ms Kebe a cease-and-desist letter months after Ms Kebe first posted about her in 2018, according to the lawsuit.
Ms. Almanzar’s lawyers said Ms. Kebe was “obsessed with slandering” the rapper and that she posted the content because it received more views than her other posts, according to the lawsuit. Ms. Almanzar’s lawyers say the rapper is not a prostitute, has never had herpes and has never used cocaine.
In a statement on Tuesday, Ms. Kebe’s lawyers, Olga Izmaylova and Sadeer Sabbak, said they disagree with the ruling and plan to appeal.
On Monday afternoon, the aforementioned Ms. Kebe Twitter that “My Husband, Attorney, and I have fought hard,” adding, “just from here.”
Ms Almanzar filed a lawsuit against both Ms Kebe and Starmarie Ebony Jones, a guest on Ms Kebe’s YouTube channel who claimed to be an old friend of the rapper.
The rapper’s attorneys said Jones was not named in Monday’s sentence because she moved to New York after Almanzar sued her. Attorneys filed another lawsuit against her in New York, where she was found liable last year for libel, slander and invasion of privacy. Ms Jones’ attorney could not be reached for comment on Monday night.
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