Cardi B’s $4 million defamation lawsuit victory against blogger Tasha K has been upheld in a ruling made by the U.S. Court of Appeals.
According to Billboard, the decision was handed down by the appeals court earlier this week after Tasha K attempted to argue that the original decision against her was due to a “very lopsided presentation of evidence to the jury.”
“Defendant Latasha Kebe asks for a new trial, saying that there was insufficient evidence for the jury verdict against her,” the court wrote. “But as she all but admits, she didn’t make either of the required post-verdict motions in the district court.
“She never tells us where in the 5500-page record the district court’s alleged errors can be found. Because Kebe’s brief falls well short of what we require, she has abandoned this argument.”
Cardi B’s attorneys Lisa Moore and Andrew Pequignot were thrilled with the decision, which follows the original defamation suit victory in January 2022.
“We’re obviously pleased that the Eleventh Circuit has affirmed the jury’s unanimous and important verdict, which we believe was more than amply supported by the evidence presented in the case,” they said in a statement.
The Grammy-winning rapper sued blogger Tasha K back in 2019 following what she believed was a malicious smear campaign posting several false statements about her, including accusing her of having herpes, using a beer bottle as a sex toy when she was an exotic dancer, working as a prostitute and abusing cocaine.
She was awarded more than $2.5 million in damages and another $1.3 million in legal fees incurred by the rapper when a jury sided with her last January. A judge also issued an injunction forcing Tasha to delete the said videos from her page.
Cardi admitted the case had indeed led to some mental health issues. As she told the jury, “I felt extremely suicidal. I felt defeated and depressed and I didn’t want to sleep with my husband… Only an evil person could do that shit.”
Tasha K reportedly admitted she knowingly published lies about Cardi B because it was beneficial to her YouTube platform’s business interests.
Tasha’s only move left, if she decides to appeal again, would be the Supreme Court, but it’s unlikely they’d agree to hear her case.