Cardi B’s lawsuit alleging a YouTube blogger defamed her with “malicious” claims about drug use, prostitution, and sexually transmitted diseases started trial in federal court in Georgia on Monday — and one expert tells Rolling StoneThe rapper has a “good shot”At prevailing
“The jurors are all spaced out. They have shields up,”According to a courtroom source, jury selection was taking place Monday morning, despite delays caused by the ongoing pandemic in the case filed in March 2019.
Cardi, born Belcalis Almánzar, is suing celebrity gossip vlogger Lataha Kebe with claims Kebe engaged in a campaign to “destroy” the rapper’s reputation with knowingly “false”Cardi claimed that she was a prostitute, used drugs, cheated off her husband Offset, and contracted the herpes virus and HPV.
Cardi claims that “degrading and harassing” statements started around April 2018, with Kebe publishing a video stating Cardi’s pregnancy at the time might lead to a child born with intellectual disabilities. From there, “Kebe became obsessed with slandering and harassing [Cardi]. In the 16 months preceding the filing of this lawsuit, Kebe put out at least 38 videos regarding [the rapper],”The lawsuit states.
A September 2018 video received four million views. “substantially”Kebe has a larger audience “typically garners,”According to the complaint.
“Cardi probably has a pretty good shot at this one,” lawyer Michael S. Overing, an expert in defamation and libel law who’s not involved in the case, tells Rolling Stone. He claimed that the false claims made about Cardi were “very specific factual statements”Potential to be “readily proven false.”
“Assuming that she’s not a prostitute and has not acted as one, assuming that she has not used cocaine, and assuming she doesn’t have the sexually transmitted diseases [alleged], I think all three of those things are going to really give her a leg up in terms of being able to sue successfully,”He stated.
“But the problem with these lawsuits, traditionally, is that it’s very hard to prove that you suffered actual damages,”He said. Cardi B is a public figure so the rapper will have evidence that Kebe was reckless in disregarding the truth.
“This is where the question of actual malice comes in,”He stated. Jurors will have to examine whether Kebe was guilty of any offenses. “good-faith basis”Before making any statement, please make sure you have read it thoroughly.
“Did she have a reasonable investigation that led her to conclude Cardi had been a prostitute?”He asked “What efforts did you take to verify the story? Did you really go and investigate, or are you just giving voice to a crackpot? …You need to have something more than that before you go ruining someone’s reputation.”
Kebe, who runs unWinewithTashaK’s YouTube channel, denies any wrongdoing. Cardi countered her claims of assault and intentional causing emotional distress. “began to publicly trash”They made threats to her online while they were arguing. In July, Judge William M. Ray II dismissed these claims.
“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.