Cardi B has won a permanent injunction forcing YouTuber Tasha K to delete and never repost defamatory videos about her.
In 2019, Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, sued Tasha K (real name Latasha Kebe) over what her lawyers said was “a campaign to damage and destroy the singer’s reputation among her fans and the consuming public”.
In her videos, Kebe, who hosts the gossip channel UnWineWithTashaK, which has one million subscribers, made false claims about Cardi B committing sex acts with beer bottles. Others suggested that she was a prostitute who had contracted herpes.
In a ruling handed down on Monday (4 April), a federal judge ordered Kebe to remove 21 illegal and defamatory videos she had posted about Cardi B on her YouTube and social media channels. She has also been banned from making certain statements about Cardi B’s sexual health and personal life.
Cardi B’s lawyers said the comments and videos on Kebe’s channel caused the singer “embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional distress”.
During a trial in January, a Georgia jury ruled in favour of Cardi B, holding Kebe liable for defamation, false light, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Kebe was ordered to pay Cardi B just over $4 million in damages and legal fees.
Despite the “Up” lyricist’s victory in court, Kebe continued to attack Cardi, adamantly claiming that Cardi would never see a penny of the owed $4 million in a video.
“Let me tell you how this was a blessing, though,” Kebe said in the video. “Cause can’t nobody else sue me, and even if they do, I ain’t got no money. We’ve got estate lawyers. We’ve got every muthafucking thing. I ain’t got shit in my name bitch.”
Kebe is currently appealing the original verdict, and if the appeals court overturns that decision, this injunction would also be revoked.