Keyshia Cole has lost the lawsuit filed against her by ex-boyfriend Birdman’s alleged mistress. The singer must now pay more than $100,000 to the woman she attacked in 2014.
Sabrina Mercadel originally sought $4 million from Cole, who had been dating Birdman briefly when the incident occurred. However, TMZ reported Thursday, Dec. 28 that Cole was issued a defamation judgment after failing to appear in court.
Birdman’s ex must pay Mercadel $100,635 after Cole punched the victim in the face, pulled her hair and clawed her face and mouth. The beat down occurred at the Cash Money Records founder’s Los Angeles condo, where both Birdman and Mercadel were present.
Following the assault, Cole and Birdman broke up, but there’s a lingering question about why the reality star went after Mercadel despite her then-boyfriend being unfaithful.
“The other woman, the side chick, the affair partner, is always pigeonholed as the homewrecker,” relationship counselor Hasani Pettiford of Couples Academy told Atlanta Black Star Friday, Dec. 29. “It’s ‘an invasion on my territory, my property’ … and so, therefore, she’s demonized.”
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Pettiford added that — not necessarily in this case — but often, men deceive the other woman, who is ignorant of the man’s relationship status.
“You don’t attack the one you love,” he said. “You assume that the other woman took your man and so now you have to keep her from your man so you attempt to threaten her, beat her down and you release all of your anger and your venom on her because you wouldn’t necessarily do it with the one you’re in a relationship with.”
And while it could be easy to single out Cole, she’s not the only one who has unleashed on a lover.
Drake and Chris Brown battled it out over Rihanna at a nightclub back in 2012, according to MTV News. Rih had reportedly cheated on Brown with Drake during the former flames’ rekindled romance.
Plus, Drake was caught in another love triangle a year later. While dating Serena Williams, her then-boyfriend Common and the Canadian MC started beefing. But unlike the Chris Brown incident that injured the R&B singer, Common and Drake never got physical.