Cardi B is getting sued for $5 million, and she does not care. In fact, she’d much rather be working or spending time with her daughter, Kulture. And Cardi is not afraid to tell the judge exactly what she thinks!
Kevin Michael Brophy, Jr. is suing Cardi B for $5 million after she allegedly used a photo of his back tattoo on the cover of one of her albums. In the image, it appears that a man with Brophy’s distinctive ink is, uh, enjoying Cardi B’s company while she chugs a beer.
Brophy claims that because the photo of his tattoo used in the composite image (an editing technique that merges multiple photos to create a completely new image) is unique to him, people think that it actually IS him in the photo.
He claims that he is “humiliated” and that his wife “believed he had betrayed her.” Brophy originally tried to sue Cardi B in 2017. The case was back in court on April 19, but we’re just now getting a peek at the deposition.
Here’s what Cardi B had to say about Brophy’s claims. Keep in mind that this is in court, under oath:
“Your client is claiming that’s he distressed. Where is the proof of him being distressed? How is your client now claiming that I used his likeness for my thing. Nobody knows him. Nobody knows what his face looks like.
How can you be distressed? How can I ruin your life? It doesn’t make sense to me… This man works in a d*mn f**king surf shop. You’re not a model. You haven’t, like, gone to no d*mn psychiatrist.”
Kudos to the court stenographer who had to keep up with Cardi’s rapid-fire tirade!
The title of the album in question is Gangsta B*tch Music Vol. 1, and the rapper confirmed that she is, in fact, a gangster in a rambling deposition that, for some reason, referenced The Powerpuff Girls:
“I mean I am, I am a gangster. Like, I feel like I am a gangster, like I’m a gangsta. You know? I’m a stand-up girl. You know what I’m saying. I’m a good girl. But you know I have a lot of heart. So, I consider myself a gangster. I’m from the hood… I have a heart of a lion, so that’s what I am.
Like I’m not a pretty girl, or I am a pretty girl. But I’m not like this, this pink girly girl. I’m like the Buttercup, you know? There’s three powerful girls. There’s Blossom and there’s Bubbles and there’s Buttercup, the green one. That’s me. That’s who I am.”
Halfway through the multi-hour deposition, Cardi turned to someone on her team and demanded to know if her phone was fixed yet so she could call her mother. She also answered questions about her days as a stripper, the reason she conducts business in California (“Because I’m Cardi B”) and then chastised Brophy’s lawyers for wasting her time.
“Like, I could really be with my kid right now. Like, I’m really upset because I really have to be with my kid,” Cardi said toward the end of the session. “I got real lawsuits with real sh*t, and I got to deal with this bullsh*t. This is four hours long taking away from my time, my job, my motherhood.”
Cardi is insisting that the case—which was put on hold while she was pregnant with Kulture—be thrown out of court. Whether she ends up having to pay any damages is up to the court, but we’ve already been given the greatest gift of all with her unsealed deposition.