Cardi B is welcoming a judge’s ruling this week that will give him a direct line to her STD test results at a California hospital ahead of trial in her libel and defamation lawsuit against a YouTube blogger, her lawyer tells Rolling Stone.
In the narrow ruling Monday, U.S. District Judge William Ray ordered the Center for Women’s Pelvic Health at UCLA to send him “any and all medical records”Cardi “related solely to [her] testing for herpes and HPV.”
The test results are central to Cardi’s lawsuit against YouTube gossip blogger Latasha Kebe, who the rapper claims engaged in a “malicious campaign”To ruin her reputation in 2018 & early 2019 “highly offensive” claims that Cardi worked as a prostitute, used cocaine, cheated on her husband, Offset, and had — and still has — herpes and HPV.
“My client does not have HPV and herpes,” Cardi’s lawyer, Lisa Moore, tells Rolling StoneCardi also stated that she disclosed the STD test results more than a decade ago. “Two of the defamatory statements at issue are the vile, false, and highly offensive statements by the defendant that my client has herpes and HPV, and we provided these [STD testing] records 14 months ago in support of my client’s claims.”
As the case heads to a trial set to begin Jan. 5 in federal court in Georgia, the medical records provided by Cardi’s camp apparently were challenged by Kebe at a sealed hearing Nov. 9. A hearing revealed that the judge ordered the hospital’s records to be produced to the court directly for private inspection. “as soon as possible.”
Cardi, whose legal name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, filed her underlying libel and defamation lawsuit in March 2019, saying Kebe’s alleged “campaign of slander”multiple vlogs, which were viewed millions of times. “None of the aforementioned statements about plaintiff are true. Plaintiff was never a prostitute or a user of cocaine. Plaintiff has never, and does not now, have herpes, nor has she had herpes outbreaks on her mouth,” her lawsuit states.
“We have no comment about the order for plaintiff’s medical records, specifically. We are continuing to prepare for jury trial,” Kebe’s lawyer Sadeer Sabbak said in statement to Rolling StoneOn Wednesday “Ms. Kebe is looking forward to finally having this matter resolved.”
Kebe, whose YouTube channel goes by unWinewithTashaK, has previously sued Cardi for assault and intentional infliction emotional distress. She claimed the Grammy award winner “began to publicly trash”She threatened her online during the dispute over her videos. These claims were dismissed by Judge Ray in July.
“Kebe has failed to produce any evidence that plaintiff herself threatened Kebe or made her believe that she was going to harm her,”His ruling was.
“Kebe points to threats and intimidation from Cardi B fans as the main source of her emotional distress. Yet, there is no evidence that these actions were committed by Plaintiff or otherwise directed by her,”The ruling was reached by Rolling Stone found.