Cardi B Wins $4M Verdict Against YouTuber Who Defamed Her
Cardi B has won her libel case against gossip blogger Tasha K, who she sued in 2019 over a “malicious campaign” of posts claiming that Cardi contracted sexually transmitted diseases and abused drugs. After a week-long trial, Tasha K was ultimately found liable on three separate claims, and Cardi was awarded $1.25 million, TMZ reports.
UPDATE: Tasha K now owes Cardi more than $4 million in damages following additional, Billboard reports. In addition to the $1.25 million in “general” damages — which aim to compensate Cardi for suffering and/or reputational harm, plus medical costs — jurors added $1.5 million in “punitive” damages, reserved for more egregious behavior: $1 million from Tasha and another $500,000 from her company, Kebe Studios LLC. The court has also ordered Kebe to cover Cardi’s 1,338,753.47 in legal fees. Here is footage of Cardi expressing gratitude for the ruling via TMZ:
Earlier in January, Cardi took the witness stand to testify in her libel trial, breaking down into tears during an emotional testimony and telling a federal jury in Georgia that she felt “extremely suicidal” and “helpless” over Tasha K’s alleged lies. “I felt defeated and depressed and I didn’t want to sleep with my husband,” she added.
The rapper also said she experienced fatigue, anxiety, weight loss, and migraines due to the stress. “I felt like only a demon could do that shit,” she told the courtroom before apologizing for her language.
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