Cardi B counter 'sues' ex manager for R203 million

Cardi B

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Raphael, who also goes by the sobriquet of Shaft, claims that after he began working with Cardi B after discovering her as an exotic dancer and social media personality in 2015.

The 25-year-old rapper retaliated as her manager Klenord Raphael aka Shaft, filed a $10 million lawsuit against her, alleging a breach of contract, unjust enrichment, declaratory judgment and defamation.

She further claimed that the manager tried to gain control over her career as well, in addition to her personal life.

Cardi's legal team also claims that Raphael's companies, KSR and WorldStar, failed to give Cardi B a full accounting of her funds.

Not only did Shaft receive a 20% commission, but he tried to get even more money off the performer's Sony music publishing deal - allegedly demanding 50% of that deal.

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"This case arises out of the deceitful and disloyal conduct of a self-serving and controlling personal manager, Counter-Defendant Klenord "Shaft" Raphael and his entities through which he does business, WorldStar and KSR, who together, among other things, breached their contractual and fiduciary duties to Counter-Plaintiff Belcalis Almanzar, an immensely talented and trusting young artist", the court documents state.

"Shaft and KSR/WorldStar controlled all the books and records relating to Ms. Almanzar's professional activities", the counterclaim reads.

He continued: 'While he is proud of their successful collaborations as she evolved from Instagram influencer to music megastar, Shaft is disappointed by her actions to freeze him out of her career, which are detailed in the complaint'. She is suing him for more than $15 million (GBP11.3 million).

Cardi B is being represented by Paul LiCalsi, an entertainment attorney who has represented major artist such as The Beatles. Leonard is listed as a co-writer on Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow". Her latest album "Invasion of Privacy" was released earlier this month and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200.

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