Cardi B Testifies That She Was Suicidal Following Blog Posts Accusing Her of Prostitution – Report
UPDATE (Jan. 27):
Court docs obtained by XXL on Thursday (Jan. 27) indicate that Latasha Kebe has been ordered to pay Cardi B $1.5 million in punitive damages and $1,338,753.47 in litigation expenses. The previously mentioned $250,000 for medical expenses was reduced to $25,000, making the full amount Kebe has to pay nearly $3 million.
UPDATE (Jan. 25):
According to court docs obtained by XXL on Tuesday (Jan. 25), Latasha Kebe, commonly known as Tasha K, was found liable of Defamation and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Harm. As a result, Tasha K has to pay Cardi a total of $1,338,753.47, which includes $1 million for general damages and $250,000 for medical expenses. The remaining amount, $88,753.47, could be for punitive damages.
The blogger tweeted yesterday (Jan. 24) following the verdict, "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 added, "I forgot to thank all of the viewers for all of your support. In this business, this is part of the protocol. Everyone in my seat has been through this, & this ain’t the last. This comes with the territory. See y’all Friday! It’s long overdue!."
Cardi also posted a tweet last night, which said, "Why am I happy but sad at the same time?"
Cardi B told a jury in a Georgia federal courtroom today that she felt "extremely suicidal" following a 2018 blog post that accused her of being a prostitute.
According to a Billboard report, published on Thursday (Jan. 13), the Bronx, N.Y. rapper took the witness stand on the fourth day of her libel trial against YouTube personality and blogger Latasha Kebe, better known as Tasha K. During the testimony, Cardi, born Belcalis Almánzar, said she was distressed over the blogger's alleged defamatory posts about her, which she felt would ruin her reputation.
"I felt extremely suicidal," Cardi B told the jury, adding that she felt powerless over Ms. Kebe's constant slanderous posts about her. The Grammy-winning rapper said over time she developed migraines, fatigue, weight loss and anxiety over the allegations.
"Only an evil person could do that shit," Cardi B reportedly said, before apologizing for her profanity.
During Cardi's testimony, she vehemently denied she had herpes and recalled the exact harm those claims caused her. The rap mom of two children described a hurtful incident in which she shared a photo to social media of herself kissing her daughter Kulture on the lips and the deluge of hurtful comments from users asking whether it was OK for her to do that considering the herpes rumor.
Cardi's libel case stems from her 2019 lawsuit against Kebe in which the rapper claims the video blogger slandered her name in dozens of videos with shocking allegations. One video mentioned in the lawsuit includes verbiage that Cardi B "fucked herself with beer bottles on fucking stripper stages."
The jury trial began on Monday (Jan. 10) and is expected to run until next week. Cardi B's attorneys are expected to rest their case today before adjourning until Jan. 18. Once that happens, Kebe's attorneys will get to call their own witnesses, including Cardi B for cross-examination.
XXL has reached out to Cardi B’s rep and her attorneys, Sarah Matz of Adelman Matz PC, and Lisa Moore, of the law firm Moore Pequignot LLC, for comment.