A US YouTuber who was found to have defamed Cardi B has been ordered to pay a further $2.79 million to the rapper - bringing the total costs to $3.82 million.

Latasha Kebe, known online as Tasha K, subjected the WAP singer to a "malicious campaign" of abuse and was previously ordered to pay "general" damages of $1.25 million - later reduced to $1,025,000.

Lawyers said that a series of "slanderous and defamatory statements" written by Kebe had caused the singer "embarrassment, humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional distress".

On Tuesday, a jury in the US state of Georgia ordered that Kebe and her company pay a further $1.5 million in punitive damages and $1.33m in legal fees, documents obtained by the PA news agency show.

Kebe now owes Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, a total of $3.82 million.

Kebe is the host of the YouTube channel UnWineWithTashaK, a "celebrity gossip site" that has a million subscribers.

During the trial, the singer's lawyers said the online personality had waged "a malicious campaign to damage and destroy (Cardi B's) reputation among her fans and the consuming public".

They said the platform was used to "publish and spread malicious rumours, slanderous assertions, and false information about celebrities ... for (Kebe's) personal
financial gain".

Source: Press Association

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