A man with a prominent back tattoo is suing Cardi B. His lawyers say he was humiliated after the rapper allegedly used his likeness on her sexually suggestive mixtape cover.
evin Michael Brophy has filed a five million dollar (£4.4 million) copyright lawsuit against the Grammy winner in federal court in Southern California.
Mr. Brophy alleges that he did not consent to such use of his likeness and that this caused distress and disrupted his life.
Cardi B, who was in court and is expected to testify during the trial, is denying the allegations. She said an artist used only a “small portion” of the tattoos without her knowledge.
Mr Brophy’s attorney A Barry Cappello said photo editing software was used to put the back tattoo, which has appeared in tattoo magazines, on the male model used on the cover of their 2016 mixtape Gangsta Bitch Music Vol 1.
The image shows a tattooed man from behind with his head between the rapper’s legs. The man’s face cannot be seen.
Cardi B, who is expected to testify at the trial, has fought the allegations, saying an artist used only a “small portion” of the tattoos without her knowledge. She previously said that the cover artwork, created by Timm Gooden, was a transformative fair use of Mr. Brophy’s likeness.
“Her life has been disrupted,” Mr. Cappello told the jury as Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, watched from the defense table.
He said the picture bothered Mr Brophy along with his wife Lindsay Michelle Brophy, who he says first questioned her husband if it was him on the cover. The couple have two young children.
Brody has said he once thought his back tattoo of a tiger fighting a snake was a “Michelangelo piece” that has since become “raunchy and gross.”
Defense filings have indicated that the model who posed for the photos was black, while Brophy is white.
video of the day
Cardi B’s attorney Peter Anderson said Mr Brophy and the mixtape picture were unrelated. He said the model has no tattoos on her neck, while Mr Brophy does.
“Brophy’s face wasn’t on the mixtape,” Mr. Anderson said during his opening statement. “She was already popular. This has nothing to do with Brophy.”
But Mr Brophy denied in court that everyone who knew him thought he was on the mixtape cover. He said the offending image was something he would never condone.
Mr Brophy said he had sent a cease and desist letter to Cardi B’s representatives to remove the tattoo, but had received no response.
“For me, it was something I was very proud of,” Mr. Brophy said of his tattoo. “Now that image feels devalued. I feel robbed. I feel completely neglected. There are many things I would like to spend time on. But the only way to remove that was to come over here in this courtroom.”
Mr Cappello said Mr Gooden was given fifty dollars (£44) to create a design but was then told to find another tattoo after submitting an initial draft. He said Mr Gooden Googled “back tattoos” before finding a picture and stuck it on the cover.
Last month, Cardi B pleaded guilty to a criminal case stemming from two New York City strip club brawls that required her to complete 15 days of community service.
Earlier this year, the rapper was awarded $1.25million (£1.1million) in a defamation lawsuit against a famous news blogger who had posted videos falsely claiming she had used cocaine, contracted herpes and contracted the dedicated to prostitution.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/cardi-b-accused-of-humiliating-man-with-suggestive-cover-art-image-42078552.html Cardi B is accused of ‘humiliating’ a man with a suggestive cover art pic