A federal jury awarded the rapper Cardi B round $4 million in a libel lawsuit towards a celeb gossip blogger who had posted movies in 2018 claiming that she was a prostitute who had contracted sexually transmitted infections and used cocaine.
Cardi B, whose actual title is Belcalis Almanzar, had sued the movie star gossiper, referred to as Tasha Okay, in 2019 for posting greater than 20 movies that unfold “malicious rumors” in regards to the rapper, in keeping with the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court docket for the Northern District of Georgia, the place Tasha Okay lives.
The jury discovered Tasha Okay, whose actual title is Latasha Kebe, liable on two counts of slander and one rely every of libel and invasion of privateness, in keeping with a verdict filed on Monday.
The jury awarded Ms. Almanzar $1.25 million on Monday and a further $2.8 million on Tuesday, in keeping with separate verdicts filed on Monday and Tuesday. The award consists of $25,000 for medical bills and round $1.3 million to cowl the rapper’s authorized charges.
Ms. Kebe had additionally posted in 2018 that Ms. Almanzar had herpes outbreaks in her mouth and that she would give delivery to a baby with mental disabilities.
Ms. Almanzar, 29, testified in court docket this month that she “felt extraordinarily suicidal” after Ms. Kebe posted the movies, including that “solely an evil individual might try this,” Lisa Moore, a lawyer for Ms. Almanzar, mentioned on Monday.
Within the lawsuit, the rapper’s attorneys mentioned that the content material would harm her popularity together with her followers and have an effect on her enterprise prospects. Cardi B, a Grammy-winning rapper from the Bronx, discovered fame in 2017 together with her track “Bodak Yellow,” which immortalized her propensity for making “cash strikes.”
Ms. Kebe’s claims have helped her amass thousands and thousands of views on Twitter, Instagram and her YouTube channel, unWinewithTashaK. Many of the content material can nonetheless be considered on-line, despite the fact that the rapper despatched Ms. Kebe a cease-and-desist letter a couple of months after Ms. Kebe first posted about her in 2018, in keeping with the lawsuit.
Ms. Almanzar’s attorneys mentioned Ms. Kebe was “obsessive about slandering” the rapper, and that she posted the content material as a result of it bought extra views than her different posts, in keeping with the lawsuit. Ms. Almanzar’s attorneys mentioned that the rapper was not a prostitute, had by no means had herpes and had by no means used cocaine.
In an announcement on Tuesday, Ms. Kebe’s attorneys, Olga Izmaylova and Sadeer Sabbak, mentioned they disagreed with the decision and deliberate to enchantment it.
On Monday afternoon, Ms. Kebe mentioned on Twitter that “My Husband, Legal professional’s, & I fought actually exhausting,” including, “it’s solely up from right here.”
Ms. Almanzar had filed the lawsuit towards each Ms. Kebe and Starmarie Ebony Jones, a visitor on Ms. Kebe’s YouTube channel who had claimed to be a former good friend of the rapper.
Ms. Jones was not included within the verdict on Monday as a result of she moved to New York after Ms. Almanzar sued her, the rapper’s attorneys mentioned. The attorneys filed one other lawsuit towards her in New York, the place she was discovered liable final yr on counts of libel, slander and invasion of privateness. A lawyer for Ms. Jones couldn’t instantly be reached for touch upon Monday night time.
This case was not the primary time the rapper discovered herself in court docket. She was indicted in Queens in 2019 in reference to a combat in a strip membership the yr earlier than. The case is still ongoing.