Cardi B countersues former manager

Cardi B countersues former manager

Cardi B Files $15 Million Countersuit Against Ex-Manager

Rapper Cardi B (real name Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar) is countersuing her former manager Klenord "Shaft" Raphael.

Cardi's suit claims that when the artist "questioned whether it was proper for her to receive only 50 percent", Shaft "deceitfully told her that this was an absolutely standard percentage for a recording artist to receive". It claims Shaft exerted control over Cardi B in order to gain a larger percentage of her earnings than previously stated in her initial agreement with WorldStar.

The counter-suit claims that Leonard put "barriers between [Cardi] and people close to her in an effort to maintain complete control over her" and dictated "who she should and should not see romantically".

Shaft filed a lawsuit April 26 against the musical artist, whose full name is Belcalis Almanzar, saying he felt 'Offset is responsible for steering Cardi B to QC to be managed by Thomas and Lee in all of her entertainment endeavors, ' according to Variety. However, Raphael alleges that she cut him out of his career after she found success with his assistance.

The lawsuit came after she retained new management in the form of Quality Control's Solid Foundation, ran by industry professionals Kevin Lee and Pierre Thomas.

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Shaft claimed he was "disappointed by her actions to freeze him out of her career" and sought 20% of Cardi B's gross income.

And it was for this reason the former manager sued her and demanded no less than $10 million in damages.

The complaint continues to state that in 2014, Cardi B hired Shaft to act as her personal manager and book her appearances at dance clubs as a means of developing her growing musical career.

Cardi B is now one of the hottest hip-hop artists with the success of her smash hit "Bodak Yellow" past year.

The plaintiff attorneys did not immediately respond to a Law&Crime request for comment about the counterclaim Thursday afternoon. Her latest album "Invasion of Privacy" was released earlier this month and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200.

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