Cardi B’s past gang affiliation will impact Tasha K’s appeal of their recent defamation lawsuit. Tasha K’s lawyer, Olga Izmaylova, says she should have been able to talk about it during the trial.
“For the jury to determine whether [Cardi B] was defamed, misrepresented and emotionally distressed, the jury must know [her] gang affiliation because it’s an extremely relevant part of who [she] is,” Izmaylova said in court documents obtained by AllHipHop. “[Tasha K] makes the same argument in response to [Cardi B’s] opt-out request [the rapper’s] own comments on social networks. The district court blocked this evidence from entering.
“The district court applied the incorrect legal standard in determining that character evidence was irrelevant and inadmissible in a defamation action,” Izmaylova continued.
The jury previously found Tasha K liable for defamation, invasion of privacy and willful infliction of emotional distress. The case hinged on comments Tasha made about Cardi’s sexual health a few years prior. The court ordered Tasha to hand over nearly $4 million following the result.
“The fact that a jury reached the unanimous conclusion that [Cardi B] was telling the truth and [Tasha K was] lying does not prove that [the latter] acted with real malice,” Izmaylova explained.
They concluded: “This Court should set aside the amended judgment and remit this case for a new trial.”
Cardi B’s legal team asked for Tasha’s appeal to be dismissed. In a legal filing, Cardi’s attorney, W. Andrew Pequignot, described Tasha’s behavior as “vulgar, tasteless, rude and insulting.”