Cardi B might have won her defamation case against famous YouTuber LaTasha Kebe, who hosts “unWinewithTashaK” and is famously known as Tasha K. However, it seems the battle is far from over.
During a recent interview, the gossip blogger shared that she doesn’t have the $4 million the court ordered her to pay Cardi.
Cardi B Wins Defamation Lawsuit, Bags $4 Million In Damages
As The Blast previously reported, Cardi’s 3-year legal battle against Kebe ended in late January, with the “Bodak Yellow” rapper snagging a major victory.
The lawsuit dates back to 2019, when the YouTuber made several damming allegations against Cardi and her family. Kebe claimed that the rapper was once a prostitute and contracted STIs during her days as a stripper.
The gossip blogger also shared that Cardi cheated on her husband Offset and struggled with substance abuse. These pieces of unverifiable information pushed the “Hustlers” actress to take Kebe to court in 2019.
An excerpt of the lawsuit read, “by making and publishing the statements and campaign of harassing videos, including the defamatory videos, defendants were intending to cause plaintiff emotional distress.”
Following Cardi’s testimony at the ongoing trial in early January, the judge ruled in her favor and found Kebe guilty.
The blogger was convicted of intentional infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy through false public portrayal.
The jury instructed Kebe to pay Cardi $1.5 million in punitive damages, $1 million in general expenses, $1,338,753.47 in litigation expenses, and finally $250,000 in medical expenses.
Both parties, however, agreed to reduce the medical costs to $25,000, resulting in a total of $4 million for the rapper.
Tasha K Doesn’t Have $4 Million To Pay Rapper
View this post on Instagram
More than a month after the court’s decision, Kebe is opening up about the amount owed to the rapper. During a recent appearance on “All Blk,” the blogger noted that she doesn’t have the money.
When asked by the hosts if she had a net worth that afforded her to pay such a huge amount, the YouTuber responded saying, “I ain’t got it! Don’t ask me for no money.”
After sharing a laugh with the hosts for her honest answer, Kebe explained that her company has systems in place to tackle such situations.
She then noted that the courts are currently in process and confirmed that she would appeal the case. She lamented, “Who tryna pay $4 million?”
When challenged by one of the hosts that she earns well from her YouTube channel, which boasts 994K subscribers, Kebe responded, saying she had two children.
The YouTuber had previously hinted at challenging the court’s verdict. As we reported, Cardi’s victory was not set in stone and could be appealed by Kebe’s attorney. Shortly after the verdict was announced, the blogger took to Twitter to insinuate the battle wasn’t over.
” Everyone in my seat has been through this, & this ain’t the last. This comes with the territory, she wrote.
Cardi Wants Her Defamation Victory To Send A Message
Only time will tell if Kebe’s appeal goes through, but as fans wait on the conclusion, Cardi hopes her story teaches a powerful lesson to gossip blogs.
After her glorious victory, the “WAP” rapper released a statement, noting that her success didn’t come easy. She explained that the trial was “the darkest time in my life,” causing her to be “completely helpless and vulnerable.”
View this post on Instagram
The passionate mother-of-two noted she was one of many constant victims of cyberbullies.
She wrote, “the truth is that the intentional harm that was done to me is done to countless others every day. The only difference between me and the high schooler who is being cyberbullied and lied in by their classmates is the money and resources I have access to.
Cardi B urged that society should learn from her case and collectively stand against the spread of lies. She also warned that platforms like YouTube should take responsibility and regulate the “unchecked behavior” of channels that spread false content.
The award-winning rapper also hopes that other celebs follow in her footsteps. One of such stars she is looking to is Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle, who has been on the receiving end of harassment from tabloids.
Cardi expressed her interest in helping Meghan achieve such victory with a tweet that read, “I need to chat with Meghan Markle.”