Cardi B has won her libel case against a YouTuber and is to be handsomely rewarded $4million in damages.
She accused Tasha K of leading a “malicious campaign” against her which has harmed the rapper’s reputation through a series of posts. Her lawyers told the court that Cardi suffered “embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional distress”, and as a result, she was initially awarded $1.25million (£930,000) in general damages and $250,000 (£185,000) for medical expenses.
However, now it has come to light that Tasha has been hit with further penalties and has to pay an additional $1.5million (£1.1million) in punitive damages.
Cardi will also be paid the full costs of her attorneys’ legal expenses and fees incurred. In total, Tasha – and her Kebe Studios have been will be ordered to pay Cardi a package that exceeds $4million.
The defendant’s lawyer, Safeer Sabbak, said he and his client “disagree with the verdict” and “will be filing an appeal”.
However, Cardi said, “After almost four years of repeated libel and slander against me, being able to walk away from this victorious brings me great happiness. During this trial, all of you have learned about the darkest time in my life. That moment in time was fueled by the vile, disgusting, and completely false narratives that were repeatedly and relentlessly being shared online.
“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. And not just justice for me.
“The truth is that the intentional harm that was done to me, is done to countless others every day. 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. We collectively have to say enough is enough.”
We’ll have more as this story continues.