Cardi B was awarded $3.8 million in damages stemming from her defamation lawsuit victory against YouTuber Tasha K.
In federal court Monday, Tasha K, whose given name is Latasha Kebe, and her company Kebe Studios LLC were found liable on 3 separate claims including defamation, invasion of privacy through false portrayal and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The judge awarded the rapper $1 million in damages for pain & suffering due to reputational damages.
In a Tuesday hearing, a judge ordered Tasha K to cough up additional coins. Cardi was awarded $25,000 in medical fees which reportedly is a reduction of $250,000 judgment reported Monday. Cardi was also awarded $1 million in punitive damages from Tasha K and $500,000 in punitive damages from Kebe Studios, $1.3 million in attorney fees, totaling her award to $3.8 million, journalist Dennis Byron reported.
Kebe’s lawyer Sadeer Sabbak said in a statement Tuesday that they will be filing an appeal, saying disagree with the verdict.
According to Byron, a hearing for injunction relief will be held in February. This specific hearing will determine what type of restraints will be placed on Tasha K to stop her from committing certain acts and prevent future wrongs. Such orders, when issued before a judgment, are known as preliminary injunctions that can be punished as contempt if not obeyed, according to Cornell Law School.
In 2019, Cardi filed a lawsuit against the YouTuber accusing her of spreading unsubstantiated claims and other falsehoods such as the rapper contracted herpes and performed a sex act with a beer bottle.
In the midst of the verdict, a July 2021 tweet from Tasha claiming she wouldn’t have to pay $3M resurfaced. Looks like she spoke too soon!
Last text, until tommorrow. I ain’t gotta pay no dayummm 3 mill! For the pre school adult students in the back. I only lost my case! We going to court in front of a jury to see if I gotta pay her lil $75k plus. 🤷🏿♀️🙈🥂👠 We will talk again in September! hold off on dragging me 🤣
— unWinewithTashaK (@unwinewithtasha) July 10, 2021