LONG ISLAND — Cardi B and her sister Hennessy Carolina are going through a defamation lawsuit after the rapper posted a video on social media accusing a bunch of Lengthy Island beachgoers of being racists.
The video was taken on Sept. 6 at Smith Level Seashore in Suffolk County, based on the plaintiffs’ lawyer. It exhibits Carolina and her girlfriend, Michelle Diaz, concerned in an expletive-filled spat with three people who find themselves supporters of President Donald Trump.
Cardi B shared the video together with her huge social media following and accused the group of being racists who attacked her sister and Diaz.
Now, the folks on the opposite finish of the video are suing the rapper for defamation, claiming Cardi and firm attacked them.
Legal professional John Ray, who represents the plaintiffs, stated his purchasers had been having fun with a seaside day with their households when Carolina got here operating up the seaside towards them.
“Hennessy Carolina suddenly approached them, raging, spitting, insulting, assaulting, defaming and threatening them, all the while videotaping them, because one of them wore a MAGA hat,” Ray stated in a press release. “Then Hennessy, Cardi B and celebrity model Michelle Diaz deviously edited the videotape and published the edited version all over social media, across the world for all to see, and maliciously falsely labeled these residents and their families as ‘N…s’ and as racists.”
The video was posted by Cardi B a number of weeks in the past throughout a heated social media conflict between the rapper and conservative media character Candice Owens.
Within the caption she posted together with the video, Cardi B stated her sister and Diaz had been being harassed as a result of they’re “an Afro/Hispanic gay couple.”
Nevertheless, the beachgoers painted a special image of the incident throughout a information convention Tuesday detailing the lawsuit.
Peter and Pauline Caliendo, of Moriches, and Manuel Alarcon, of Center Island, stated Carolina received of their faces, cursed and threatened them repeatedly after they requested Diaz to maneuver a automobile that was blocking different vehicles.
Peter Caliendo and Alarcon stated the video affected their careers, and Pauline Caliendo stated she has needed to defend herself to her household and buddies.
Whereas the Caliendos had a Trump flag on their seaside tent and Alarcon had a Make America Nice Once more hat on, all three insisted they don’t seem to be racist or homophobic and that the incident had nothing to do with the president or race.
“Anyone who knows us knows we’re not racist or homophobes,” Peter Caliendo stated.
Police had been known as to the scene, based on Ray, however the girls had left earlier than officers arrived on the scene. A police report was filed, Alarcon stated.
The lawsuit alleges that the video was created and posted on-line in an try to advance their careers. Ray cited a civil rights regulation that prohibits the usage of an individual’s picture for business functions with out written permission.
“What they’ve completed, they went to this seaside the place they by no means go, they went there to create a scene…to create a business revenue. To generate income,” Ray stated. “They’ve printed it all over the place, advancing their careers.”
Ray stated they’re looking for $20 million in damages collectively for all three plaintiffs in addition to a share of the worth of the video that Cardi B posted. The lawsuit additionally contains civil prices of assault and battery.
Cardi B’s attorneys haven’t but responded to the lawsuit.