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Whew, chile… it’s finally over.
Following a two-week trial in Atlanta that included both women’s testimony, the Grammy Award-winning artist has been awarded at least $1.25 million in damages in the case against the YouTuber, whose real name is Latasha Kebe.
Kebe began stating malice claims against Cardi back in 2018.
The Unwine with Tasha K host spread rumors that Cardi was a prostitute, did drugs such as cocaine, and had STIs, among alluding that her daughter Kulture might be born with special needs on her YouTube channel.
Kebe was held responsible on three separate counts. According to TMZ, a future court hearing might determine whether Kebe owes the Bronx native punitive damages.
“I felt extremely suicidal,” the 29-year-old rapper said in court as she broke down.
The mother of two continued: “I felt defeated and depressed, and I didn’t want to sleep with my husband. [I felt like] I didn’t deserve my kid.”
According to her legal team, comprised of Lisa F. Moore, William A. Pequignot of Moore Pequignot LLC, Gary P. Adelman, and Sarah M. Matz of Adelman Matz PC, the mother of two had to seek therapy because of Kebe’s defaming claims.
The YouTuber admitted in court that she made false statements regarding Cardi, but she quickly recanted after being questioned by lawyers.
According to Billboard, the YouTuber was also found liable for invasion of privacy by the false portrayal and intentional infliction of emotional distress by the jury. The verdict can now be appealed to a federal appeals court by Kebe’s legal team.
Tasha turned to social media after learning of the legal battle’s conclusion to express her feelings and thank her legal team for their efforts.
“Wino’s it’s only up from here,” the Youtuber tweeted. “See y’all in a few days. Back to work.”
Cardi’s legal victory comes just days after she promised to donate and cover funeral and burial fees for the victims of the recent Bronx apartment building fire. Cardi claimed in a statement that she “knew I needed to do something to help” after 17 people were slain in the neighborhood.
“I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal,” the “Bodak Yellow” rapper said. “I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy.”
Sheesh! $1.25 million? Looks like Cardi has picked up another bag!