Cardi B has won her defamation lawsuit against a gossip blogger.
The rapper sued Latasha Kebe, better known as Tasha K, in March 2019 for spreading false information about her online, including alleging she contracted multiple STDs, used drugs, and worked as a prostitute.
After a more than week-long trial in federal court, Tasha was found liable for all three allegations of defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. She was ordered to pay Cardi $1.25 million, including $1 million for “pain and suffering and/or damage to reputation” and $250,000 for medical expenses Rolling Stone.
In her YouTube videos, which received millions of views, Tasha said Cardi’s baby may have been born with an intellectual disability and hinted that Cardi used drugs during her pregnancy.
As Cardi took the stand, she broke down in tears as she described to the jury how she felt about the false claims.
“I felt extremely suicidal,” Cardi told the court. “Only a bad person could do shit like that.”
After the verdict was announced, Tasha K released a statement on Twitter. “My husband, my attorney and I fought really hard,” she wrote. “I want to thank them for their long hours and sleepless nights. Winos, it’s only up from here. See you in a few days.🥂🙏 Back to work.”
Tasha also faces punitive damages, which will be decided at a hearing Tuesday.