Cardi B‘s libel lawsuit against a blogger who accused her of contracting a sexually transmitted disease began Monday in federal court in Atlanta.
The “Up” rapper claims that Latasha Kebe produced dozens of YouTube videos and social media posts that spread false claims about her, including that she contracted herpes, according to Billboard. Her attorneys say that Kebe created a “malicious campaign” to damage her reputation by spreading rumors of sexually transmitted diseases and other falsehoods.
Kebe has denied the accusations, and countersued, claiming that Cardi B encouraged her fans to harass her on social media. A judge tossed out Kebe’s counter lawsuit last year, saying there was “no evidence” that the rapper had harassed her. Kebe, who goes by the name Tasha K, publishes videos on her YouTube channel, “unWinewithTashaK.”
Cardi filed the lawsuit in 2019, saying that Kebe uploaded more than 38 videos and numerous social media post that referenced her. Court documents claim that in one post, Kebe stated that the 29-year-old entertainer “f***** herself with beer bottles on f****** stripper stages.”
The trial is expected to run for at least two weeks, and it is not known if Cardi will take the witness stand.
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