Cardi B told a jury in a Georgia federal courtroom that she felt “extremely suicidal” following a blog post that accused her of being a prostitute.
According to a Billboard report, released Thursday, Jan. 13, the Bronx, NY rapper appeared in the witness box on day four of her defamation trial against blogger and YouTube personality Latasha Kebe, better known as Tasha K. During the Testimony, Cardi, née Belcalis Almánzar, said she was upset by the blogger’s alleged defamatory posts about her, which she said would ruin her reputation.
“I felt extremely suicidal,” Cardi B told the jury, adding that she felt helpless over Ms Kebe’s constant slanderous messages about her. The Grammy-winning rapper said over time she developed migraines, fatigue, weight loss and anxiety over the allegations.
“Only an evil person could do this shit,” Cardi B allegedly said, before apologizing for her profanity.
Cardi B may be referring to a 2018 video interview Kebe did with an alleged ex-friend of the platinum-selling rhymer who claimed Cardi was a prostitute and allegedly had herpes.
The publication also reported that during Cardi’s testimony, she vehemently denied that she had herpes and recalled the exact harm those claims had caused her. The rap mum-of-two described a hurtful incident in which she shared a photo on social media of herself kissing her daughter Kulture on the lips and the deluge of hurtful comments from users asking if it was good for her to do that given the rumor of herpes.
Cardi’s defamation case stems from her 2019 lawsuit against Kebe in which she claims the vlogger slandered her name in dozens of videos with shocking allegations. A video referenced in the lawsuit includes verbiage that Cardi B “fucked herself with beer bottles on fucking stripper scenes.”
The jury trial began on Monday January 10 and is expected to continue until next week. Cardi B’s attorneys are expected to close their case today before adjourning until Tuesday (January 18). Once that happens, Kebe’s attorneys will be able to call their own witnesses, including Cardi B for cross-examination.
XXL has reached out to Cardi B’s rep and her attorneys, Sarah Matz of Adelman Matz PC, and Lisa Moore, of the law firm Moore Pequignot LLC, for comment.
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