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Cardi B sues former manager who tried to enforce contacts 

By | Published on Friday 6 July 2018

Cardi B

Cardi B has gone legal in a dispute with her former manager Klenord Raphael, aka Shaft. She is seeking to have both management and recording contracts she signed with Raphael declared void.

The rapper, real name Belcalis Almanzar, has actually filed a countersuit in response to litigation launched by Raphael back in April. He is mainly seeking to enforce the contracts Almanzar signed with his companies WorldStar and KSR, though his lawsuit also had some defamation claims thrown in there for good measure.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Almanzar’s lawsuit states in a rather long sentence that: “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 rapper concedes that she had a management agreement with WorldStar, but says that the company is in breach of contract for failing to appoint an independent business manager, provide monthly accounts and make regular payments to her. Almanzar then disputes the separate recording agreement, in part because Raphael allegedly had the same attorney represent both her and his company for most of the negotiations around that deal.

Raphael and his businesses are yet to respond to Almanzar’s counter-suit.



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