Cardi B & Her Sister Hennessy Carolina Win Defamation Case Over Altercation at the Hamptons in 2020
Cardi B continues her winning streak in court.
This week, Bronx rapper Hennessy Carolina and her sister, reality star Hennessy Carolina, won a defamation case that was filed against them by three Suffolk County beachgoers who got into a fight with Carolina a year ago.
A lawsuit was filed by three plaintiffs claiming defamation, assault, and battery based on the video Cardi posted online of their altercation. They also alleged that Cardi and her sister edited the clips “to remove portions thereof, and thereby hold plaintiffs in a false light, so as to tend to expose and in fact expose each plaintiff to public contempt, ridicule and disgrace and harm.”
Rolling Stone reports that a New York trial judge dismissed the case this week, calling the lawsuit "baseless."
“[Plaintiffs] have failed to allege any special harm or defamation per se,” Judge William Condon wrote in his decision. “They cannot specifically identify who the defamatory statements were made to. Further, neither Cardi B nor Michelle Diaz made any defamatory statements or publish(ed) any video to the Internet concerning the incident. The words uttered to plaintiffs do not arise to defamatory language as they were merely general insults.”
Two months earlier, Cardi defeated Tasha K, aka Latasha Kebe, in a defamation trial. Tasha K was ordered to pay Cardi $1.25 million in general damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages, in addition to $1.3 million in legal fees. She was found liable for defamation, invasion of privacy by portraying her in a false light, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.