A federal grand jury in Atlanta awarded Cardi B $1.25 million in a defamation lawsuit against a popular news blogger who she alleges posted a fake video of the Grammy-winning rapper. used cocaine, contracted herpes, and engaged in prostitution.
On Monday, a jury found Latasha Kebe, known online as Tasha K, and a company she owns liable for defamation, invasion of privacy and willful infliction of pain. emotional suffering for the rapper, whose specific name is Belcalis Almanzar. Kebe’s attorneys said in an email Tuesday that they disagree with the ruling and will file an appeal.
The jury awarded Cardi B $1 million in general punitive damages for pain and suffering and/or reputational injury and $250,000 in medical expenses.
Kebe, who lives in the Atlanta area, produces, hosts, and publishes a YouTube channel called unWinewithTashaK.
Kebe began targeting Cardi B in early 2018, making “despicable and harassing statements” about her, the lawsuit says. On September 19, 2018, Kebe released a video of an interview she did with a woman who said she knew Cardi B before her music career. The video included “false, malicious, and defamatory” claims that Cardi B was a prostitute, had herpes and an outbreak of an outbreak on her mouth, and had used cocaine.
“None of the foregoing statements about Plaintiff are true,” the suit said. “Plaintiff has never been a prostitute or used cocaine. Plaintiff has never, and does not now, have herpes, nor has a herpes outbreak on his mouth. “
Immediately after the video was posted, Cardi B’s attorney sent a cease and desist letter to Kebe requesting immediate removal. Instead, Kebe published another video on September 21, 2018, claiming that everything in the video two days earlier was accurate and also asserting that the rapper was cheating on her husband, the lawsuit said.
Kebe then continued to attack Cardi B and make false statements about her on social media for months, the lawsuit says.
The claims subjected Cardi B to “suffering shame, humiliation, mental distress, and emotional distress,” the lawsuit says. They also “damaged (Cardi B)’s reputation and character in her profession and industry, including but not limited to her fans and to potential business relationships.” .”
Kebe knew the claims she made about Cardi B were false, or knew they might be false, when she published them, the lawsuit said.
Cardi B originally filed a lawsuit against Kebe in March 2019. The woman Kebe interviewed in the September 2018 video was originally also the defendant, but the lawsuit against her was terminated on the 11th. November 2020, according to the judge’s filing in the case.
Kebe said in a court filing in response to the lawsuit that after she published the September 19, 2018 video, Cardi B contacted her via private message about the interview and was furious about the private information. about her was revealed. Kebe told Cardi B she wasn’t interested in talking via private message and encouraged her to take to her YouTube channel to “tell her truth” during an interview, the filing said.
Cardi B declined and instead “went on a rampage” on Instagram, publishing multiple videos of the information in the video and “starting public trash” Kebe, saying that she “always makes up fake stories ; harass all of Cardi B’s friends; continuous stalk Cardi B; uses Cardi B’s name for ‘click bait’; and many similar allegations,” said Kebe’s court filing.
Kebe received Instagram threats and harassing calls on her cell phone, and her home address has been made public, her court filings say. She feared for her safety and that of her family and went to the FBI’s Atlanta office. After an FBI agent advised her it was best to find a new place to live, she moved her family to another city in a different county and ended up having to change her phone number, her records. said.
Kebe filed a protest against Cardi B, saying the rapper encouraged her associates and fans to threaten and harass her. Cardi B and her associates engaged in a “pattern of intimidation and harassment” against her when they threatened physical violence against her, court records said. In addition to the fear and anxiety Kebe endured when faced with a high-risk pregnancy, she also had to incur unexpected expenses related to her sudden move, the filing states. her said.
Kebe said the rapper was guilty of assault and intentional mental distress and she should be asked for damages and attorneys’ fees. U.S. District Judge William Ray in July dismissed Kebe’s claims, saying she had not provided conclusive evidence that Cardi B was the actual cause of any alleged assault or mental distress. which god.
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