Cardi B has won a $1 million defamation lawsuit against YouTuber LaTasha Kebe
better known as Tasha K — over the gossip maven’s accusations against the rapper.
The jury’s January 24 verdict concluded a two-week federal trial during which Cardi B
testified that she had experienced extreme anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation
due to Kebe’s claims.
Cardi took Kebe to court in 2019 over dozens of videos featuring wild allegations,
among which was the high- (or low-)light that the rapper B “f–ked herself with beer
bottles” onstage when she was working as a stripper. Kebe also claimed that Cardi
had prostituted herself, was addicted to hard drugs, was unfaithful to her husband
Offset, and had contracted herpes.
Cardi testified last week that she felt “extremely suicidal” over Kebe’s claims. “I felt
defeated and depressed and I didn’t want to sleep with my husband,” she added,
chalking up fatigue, weight loss, migraines, and anxiety to the ordeal.
“Only an evil person could do that s–t,” Cardi reportedly said, subsequently
apologizing to the court for her language.
The rapper also disclosed that the herpes rumor, in particular, dogged her online, as
some of Kebe’s million-plus followers harassed her over pictures of her kissing
daughter Kulture on the lips and called her “Herpes B.”
Kebe reportedly admitted in court that she had knowingly published lies about the
rapper, but attempted to walk that statement back when her attorneys examined her.
Ultimately, jurors sided with Cardi B on all three claims of defamation, invasion of
privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
They allotted $1 million for “general damages (pain and suffering and/or reputational
injury)” and $250,000 for medical expenses. Tuesday proceedings will determine
whether Tasha K will also owe more punitive damages or need to pay for Cardi B’s
Proceedings will kick off Tuesday, January 25, to decide whether Kebe owes additional
punitive damages, or whether she must reimburse Cardi B for her legal expenses.