Cardi B has spoken out after being awarded over $4million total for winning a federal libel case against blogger Tasha K.
Tasha claimed that Cardi worked as a prostitute and contracted sexually transmitted infections, something Cardi fiercely denied.
‘After almost four years of repeated libel and slander against me, being able to walk away from this victorious brings me great happiness,’ Cardi, 29, told People. ‘I appreciate Judge Ray for conducting a fair and impartial trial.’
‘Great happiness’: Cardi B has spoken out after being awarded over $4 million total for winning a federal libel case against blogger Tasha K
She added: ‘I am grateful for the jury and their careful deliberation over the past two weeks. I am profoundly grateful for the hard work and support from my legal team. Most importantly, thank you to my family and close friends who held my hand and helped me get the support I needed during this experience.’
Among other allegations, Tasha accused Cardi of having worked as a prostitute and contracted sexually transmitted illnesses in the process.
Cardi, who testified during the trial that the claims against her left her ‘suicidal,’ said in her victory statement that her public has now ‘learned about the darkest time in my life,’ which was ‘fueled by the vile, disgusting, and completely false narratives that were repeatedly and relentlessly being shared online.’
The rap star, whose debut album was called Invasion Of Privacy, added: ‘I thought I would never be heard or vindicated and I felt completely helpless and vulnerable. I have never taken for granted the platform that my fame allows me to have, which is why for over three years I dedicated every resource I had to seek justice.’
Among other allegations: Tasha (pictured) accused Cardi of having worked as a prostitute and contracted sexually transmitted illnesses in the process
Cardi then declared that ‘the intentional harm that was done to me, is done to countless others every day.’ She added, ‘The only difference between me and the high schooler who is being cyberbullied and lied on by their classmates is the money and resources I have access to.’
What did Cardi B win in her lawsuit against blogger Tasha K?
Cardi B won a federal lawsuit this Monday against blogger Tasha K whom she accused of libel and slander.
The rapper sued after Tasha leveled multiple allegations against her, such as that she worked as a prostitute and contracted STIs in the process.
By triumphing in her case, Cardi has won over $4 million.
On Monday, a jury awarded Cardi:
- $1 million general damages
- $250K medical expenses
On Tuesday, Tasha was ordered to pay:
- $1 million in punitive damages herself
- $500K in punitive damages through her company
- $1.3 million for Cardi’s legal fees
She continued: ‘We collectively have to say enough is enough. We can no longer be a society that turns a blind eye to blatant lies. The unchecked behavior and provably false content on platforms like YouTube have to be addressed and removed.’
Cardi insisted: ‘The constant harassment and lies that are reported as factual from journalists and bloggers have to end.’
The Hustlers actress is aware of the ‘power’ of social media, which helped give her a career, and credits it with fueling movements like Black Lives Matter, but noted that ‘we’ve also seen countless stories of children and adults deciding to take their own lives due to cyberbullying and intentional attacks.’
She noted: ‘So while I am very grateful that this trial has come to its conclusion and the jury has rendered a powerful and substantial message, literally – I really hope that my experience forces all of us, but especially the platforms who allow this behavior to be a part of their communities, to re-think what moves us forward as a society versus what cripples us.’
Cardi added: ‘If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for help at 1-800-273-TALK.’
She was awarded an additional $2.8 million on Tuesday by a jury after winning her federal libel case against Tasha K.
Cardi was awarded an additional $1.5 million in punitive damages, plus $1.3 million for her attorney’s fees, according to an article Tuesday by TMZ.
A jury on Monday found Tasha K, real name Latasha Kebe, liable on two counts of slander and one count each of libel and invasion of privacy.
Additional awards: Cardi,shown last month in Santa Monica, was awarded an additional $2.8 million on Tuesday by a jury after winning her federal libel case against blogger Tasha K
Cardi, real name Belcalis Almánzar, was awarded $1 million in general damages by the jury in Georgia on Monday, along with an additional $250,000 for medical expenses.
The 39-year-old blogger was sued by the hitmaker for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress after claiming in videos posted to her YouTube channel that Cardi had once worked as a prostitute and had suffered from drug abuse and sexually transmitted diseases.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, where Latasha lives, and the trial took just over a week before a jury determined that Latasha was liable on the slander, libel and invasion of privacy counts.
Cardi sued the YouTuber back in 2019 for a ‘campaign of slander’ after she refused to take down the offending videos.
Shocking allegations: Latasha K was sued by Cardi in 2019 for YouTube videos falsely alleging that Cardi used cocaine and contracted herpes while working as a prostitute, all claims the rapper disputed in her lawsuit
Among the false claims made were that the superstar rapper had contract herpes and that she regularly used cocaine while working as a prostitute.
‘None of the aforementioned statements about plaintiff are true,’ Cardi’s legal team replied in her lawsuit filing. ‘Plaintiff was never a prostitute or a user of cocaine. Plaintiff has never, and does not now, have herpes, nor has she had herpes outbreaks on her mouth.’
Latasha after the verdict on Monday posted on Twitter: ‘My Husband, Attorney’s, & I fought really hard. I want to thank them for their long hours and sleepless nights. Winos it’s only up from here. See y’all in a few days. Back to work.’
Hard fight: Latasha after the verdict on Monday posted on Twitter: ‘My Husband, Attorney’s, & I fought really hard. I want to thank them for their long hours and sleepless nights. Winos it’s only up from here. See y’all in a few days. Back to work’
She also tweeted on Tuesday that she would speak about the lawsuit on Wednesday, posting: ‘I will be making my FIRST and ONLY statement about the case Wednesday 1/26/22 at 7pm est on my @YouTube channel.’
Latasha’s lawyers, Olga Izmaylova and Sadeer Sabbak, in a statement on Tuesday to The New York Times said they disagreed with the verdict and planned to appeal.
A courtroom observer told Rolling Stone that Cardi on Monday was in the room to witness the verdict and appeared ‘elated’ after winning her case.
Payday: The jury awarded Cardi, seen in December in Miami Beach, Florida, $1 million in general damages and $250K in medical fees on Monday and another $2.8 million on Tuesday
They added that she hugged her lawyers Lisa Fortune Moore and Sarah Matz, before pulling them into a ‘three-way hug.’
Cardi hasn’t yet commented directly on her legal victory, but afterward she posted a throwback photo to her Instagram Stories that appeared to show her with her late maternal grandmother.
‘My queen thank you for hearing my prayers,’ she began her caption. ‘Only you know those nights that I cried to you feeling hopeless and tired even when it seems like I have the world on my hands.’
Family: Cardi didn’t comment on the verdict but shared a photo that appeared to be of her maternal grandmother to Instagram later on Monday and thanked her for ‘hearing my prayers’
Earlier this month, Cardi claimed ‘I wanted to commit suicide over the things’ in her emotional testimony in court.
‘I felt defeated and depressed and I didn’t want to sleep with my husband,’ she said of a period shortly after she and the Migos rapper Offset welcomed their daughter Kulture.
During direct examination by her legal team, she also admitted that she felt as if she ‘didn’t deserve my kid.’
The rapper also blasted Tasha K from the witness stand, saying ‘I felt like only a demon could do that s**t,’ according to TMZ.
The blogger followed Cardi’s 2019 suit with a countersuit alleging that the Bodak Yellow rapper had threatened that gang members would assault her, but a judge later threw out the countersuit.
She also called out Cardi for allegedly calling her a ‘h*e’ and ‘dumb a** b****’ on Instagram.
Dismissed: Latasha K, whom Cardi called a ‘demon’ on the witness stand, filed a countersuit alleging that Cardi threatened to have gang members assault her, but a judge threw it out in 2021