Cardi B wins over $4 million in libel lawsuit against YouTuber

Feb 3, 2022News

On Tuesday January 25th, 2022, an Atlanta jury awarded Cardi B nearly $3 million in punitive damages following her lawsuit against celebrity gossip vlogger Tasha K. This came on top of the $1.25 million that jurors had awarded on the previous day, after finding Tasha K, whose real name is Latasha Kebe, liable on counts of defamation, invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress on Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almánzar.

In 2019, Cardi B had sued Kebe over dozens of videos that contained shocking claims about the rapper. Cardi B’s 2019 suit claimed the YouTuber had begun a campaign of “making blatantly defamatory statements” about the rapper to promote Kebe’s celebrity gossip website “for her personal financial gain.” One video cited in the lawsuit includes a statement that Cardi B “f—ed herself with beer bottles on f—ing stripper stages.” Others said she had contracted herpes; that she had been a prostitute; that her then-unborn child may have intellectual disabilities; that she had cheated on her husband; and that she had done hard drugs.

The federal jury in the northern district of Georgia, where Kebe lives, awarded $1 million on Monday 24th to cover Cardi B’s pain, suffering and reputational damage, as well as another $250,000 for medical expenses. Following the verdict, Kebe tweeted that she and her attorneys had “fought really hard” and thanked her legal team for their “long hours and sleepless nights.”

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