According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Cardi is concerned about her upcoming videotaped deposition, which is scheduled for later this month. She will be grilled by her former manager Shaft, in their dueling lawsuits.
She is pleading with the judge to order the videotape sealed and not released to the media or public.
Cardi believes if released the video could turn into a media frenzy and be posted all over social media.
She continues, “The public release of any video of Ms. Almanzar’s deposition, in particular, poses a significant risk of harm and misuse on social media platforms because it is highly likely that any such video will be reproduced and edited (and possibly manipulated) into out-of-context video clips and GIFs of her testimony. Any such video clips are likely to be widely posted on YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter and remain available through trial in this case. Such dissemination would be an egregious and prejudicial invasion of Ms. Almanzar’s privacy and could significantly affect the available jury pool.”
Cardi claims during the deposition she expects to be grilled about her financial records and private communications including texts conversations with her husband Offset and family. The rapper wants all that information kept sealed from the public.
The judge has yet to rule.
Raphael originally sued Cardi B for $10 million, claiming she breached their contract by ditching him as her manager.
Cardi B counter-sued Raphael seeking $15 million in damages, accusing him of screwing her over after she entrusted him and his companies with many aspects of her business affairs.
She claimed that despite him having a duty to act in her best interest, he took advantage of her “trust and naiveté and persuaded her to sign contracts and to enter into deals in which Mr. Raphael attempted to take an unreasonable and unconscionable portion of [her] earnings in the entertainment industry for himself.”
In 2015, Cardi B said she signed her deal with Raphael’s company — without a lawyer — which provided her former manager with a 20% cut of her earnings. She said he breached their deal by failing to provide monthly accounting, failed to appoint an independent business manager and for not providing her with adequate payments owed to her.
Cardi recently amended her lawsuit to now seek $30 million-dollars in damages from Shaft.
Both cases remain ongoing.
Earlier this year, Cardi’s father, Carlos Almanzar, was served with a subpoena in the case along with her husband Offset. The ex-manager wants to grill each about Cardi and what they know about the case.
Cardi’s sister Hennessy Carolina is also set to be subpoenaed in the case.
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— iamcardib (@iamcardib) July 20, 2019