Cardi B claims that a YouTuber ran a “malicious campaign” to harm her reputation were dismissed by a federal jury on Monday, who found that the woman had defamed the rapper and awarded her more than $1 million in damages.
The jury found Latasha Kebe guilty for defamation and two other types of misconduct for her YouTube videos and other online posts claiming that Cardi B had caught herpes, among other nasty allegations, after a two-week trial that included evidence from both women.
Cardi B accused of making false claims
Cardi B, whose actual name is Belcalis Almánzar, sued Kebe in 2019 over hundreds of videos in which the rapper was accused of making false claims. However, She B “f—ed herself with beer bottles on f—ing stripper stages,” according to one video mentioned in the complaint. Others said she had herpes, had been a prostitute, had cheated on her spouse, and had used strong narcotics.
Moreover, The trial began on Jan. 10 in federal court in Georgia, with both women testifying. She testified that the videos made her feel “suicidal,” and that “only a horrible person could do such crap.” Kebe first acknowledged to publishing false information about the artist.
She has everyone in his favour
However, In the end, the jury decided in favour. Aside from defamation, the jury found Kebe guilty of invasion of privacy by false depiction and deliberate infliction of emotional distress. In the next weeks, Kebe’s lawyers can appeal the judgement to the judge. If he maintains the verdict, her lawyers can take it to a federal appeals court.
Lisa F. Moore and William A. Pequignot of Moore Pequignot represented Cardi B in court, as did Gary P. Adelman and Sarah M. Matz of Adelman Matz. Sadeer Sabbak and Olga Izmaylova of Sabbak & Izmaylova represented Kebe.