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Cardi B awarded nearly £1 million in damages after winning defamation case against YouTuber

Sky News logo Sky News 25/01/2022

Cardi B has been awarded nearly £1 million in damages after winning a defamation lawsuit against a popular YouTuber.

The rapper, known for hits such as WAP, Bodak Yellow and I Like It, was subjected to a "malicious campaign" of false accusations by Latasha Kebe, better known online as Tasha K.

The host of the YouTube channel UnWineWithTashaK, which has 1 million subscribers, was found to have published "slanderous and defamatory statements" about Cardi B.

Cardi B has won nearly £1 million in damages © Reuters Cardi B has won nearly £1 million in damages A jury found Kebe was liable for defamation, invasion of privacy, and causing emotional distress.

She was ordered to pay a total of £927,437.50 in damages.

Cardi B has not commented on winning her case as of yet, but she did post a picture appearing to show her late grandmother.

It included the caption: "My queen thank you for hearing my prayers... only you know those nights that I cried to you feeling hopeless and tired, even when it seems like I have the world on my hands."

"Malicious rumours" and "slanderous assertions"

At one point during her "campaign to damage and destroy" the Grammy-award winning singer's reputation, Kebe falsely claimed she had worked as a prostitute for a living.

Lawyers for the star said Kebe used on her online platform to "publish and spread malicious rumours, slanderous assertions, and false information about celebrities ... for her personal financial gain".

Cardi B shared this image on her Instagram story © Other Cardi B shared this image on her Instagram story

She began making "degrading and harassing statements" about Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, in 2018.

As a result, Cardi B experienced "embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional distress", her lawyers successfully argued.

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