Rapper Cardi B. is firing back at her former manager who filed a lawsuit against the star.
Cardi B. countersued ex-manager Klenord “Shaft” Raphael in court on Thursday for $15 million while recently clarifying what kind of contract she signed with Atlantic. The rapper claimed he was overbearing and tried to “maintain complete control over her.” He attempted “to control her personal life, telling her who she should and should not see romantically.” She also said that he tried to isolate her from family and friends.
The mother-to-be said in documents that the management deal Shaft presented was “grossly unfair,” “highly one-sided” and “highly favorable to himself” according to legal documents obtained by TMZ. The suit stated that the former manager received a 20% fee as her acting manager during the time. However, in one of the deals, he demanded 50% of her royalty fees from her contract with Atlantic Records.
Court documents state that Cardi B. “questioned whether it was proper for her to receive only 50 percent” and her ex-management team “deceitfully told her that this was an absolutely standard percentage for a recording artist to receive”, Page Six reported.
The former “LHHNY” star took to Twitter Thursday afternoon and wrote, “I didn’t sign a 360 f**k deal i sign a f*uck deal with my management that I no longer work with.” It’s not immediately obvious if Cardi is claiming the deal she signed with her manager was worse than a 360 deal but the “Bodak Yellow” rapper clearly stated she wants to secure her future for her growing family. She later deleted the tweet.
The lawsuit filed by District Attorney Paul LiCalsi in New York stated Shaft used Cardi B.’s money for leisure such as “personal travel, entertainment and expenses” and his staff withdrew “loans” without the star’s consent. It says the former manager and his companies’ behavior is “an egregious and reprehensible breach of all trust and confidence placed in them.”
Shaft sued the rapper back in April and claimed that he made her into a star and she sidelined him from her success.