According to Billboard, Cardi B‘s court triumph over Tasha K initially required the blogger to pay $1.25 million in libel damages, but the case is now projected to net her an additional $3 million.
Tasha—real name Latasha Kebe—was ordered to pay Cardi an additional $1.5 million in punitive damages on Tuesday, in addition to paying her $1.3 million in legal fees.
Cardi was justified in taking the blogger to court over her “malicious campaign,” which included accusations that Cardi had STIs and did some things with beer bottles, according to the jury.
Cardi sued Kebe in 2019 after a series of recordings alleging that she was involved in prostitution, using heavy drugs, and cheating on her spouse.
Cardi B thanked the jury in the case for siding with her and her legal team for working with her for three years in a video obtained by TMZ.
She also expressed gratitude to the journalists in attendance for “keeping me strong.”
The trial began on Jan. 10 in Georgia, where Cardi said she felt “suicidal” as a result of the allegations, and the jury eventually held Kebe liable for defamation, invasion of privacy by portraying Cardi in a false light, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Kebe’s defense team now has the option of appealing the conviction to a federal appeals court if the judge upholds the verdict.