Cardi B Countersues Former Manager Shaft for $15 Million

Cardi B Countersues Former Manager Shaft for $15 Million

Tense: Cardi B says Shaft tried to drive a wedge between her and her now-spouse Offset.

In the court papers, Cardi's team claims that Shaft took a 20 percent fee as her manager - but then set up two companies, WorldStar and KSR, through which they claim he convinced Cardi to put more money in his pocket, with one of the deals taking 50 percent of the royalties from her work with Atlantic Records.

Recall that the former manager, Klenord "Shaft" Raphael claimed that Cardi left him for new representation at Solid Foundation, and in the statement shared with the press, said: "Since discovering Cardi B in 2015, Shaft has played an integral role in developing her music career and public image".

The lawsuit filed by District Attorney Paul LiCalsi in NY 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. "Despite having a fiduciary duty as a manager to act in Ms. Almanzar's best interest with undivided loyalty, Shaft himself and through his entities took advantage of Ms. Almanzar's trust and naiveté and persuaded her to sign contracts and to enter deals in which Shaft attempted to take an unreasonable and unconscionable portion of Ms. Almanzar's earnings in the entertainment industry for himself".

"Shaft conceived, arranged and orchestrated Cardi B's rise to become the biggest music sensation on the planet".

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The rapper, 25, is suing Shaft after he went after her for $10 million earlier this year. This apparently included her relationships as she claims Shaft would tell her "who she should and should not see romantically".

In one instance, he said Offset contacted him late previous year, saying he was a "snake" who had taken more than his fair share of Cardi B's earnings.

Cardi B is now one of the hottest hip-hop artists with the success of her smash hit "Bodak Yellow" past year.

Cardi B is represented by long-standing attorney for The Beatles, Paul LiCalsi.

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