Cardi B Says 'I Need a Chat' With Meghan Markle After YouTuber Lawsuit Win

Cardi B says she needs "a chat with" Meghan Markle after winning damages of $2.5 million in a lawsuit against a YouTuber.

The Grammy award-winning rapper sued blogger Tasha K for defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

After her victory on Monday, she was awarded $1.5 million in punitive damages, $1 million for general damages and more than $1.3 million in legal costs.

Following the emphatic win, she made a comment appearing to reference Meghan's own experiences with online critics.

Cardi B tweeted on Wednesday: "I need a chat with Megan [sic] Markle."

In a statement quoted by CNN after the case, the rapper said: "These past couple of years have been difficult for me and constantly reliving it. Very hard for me."

She added: "Thank you to the jurors, you know. The jurors took time off they regular lives ... and made a very fair and right decision."

Cardi B's tweet comes after data analysis company Bot Sentinel conducted an investigation into anti-Meghan YouTube channels, revealing an estimated $3.5 million industry fueled by the platform's ad revenues.

Christopher Bouzy, Bot Sentinel's founder, said the duchess should consider suing during an exclusive interview with Newsweek's The Royal Report podcast.

He said: "There's a few things that need to happen and I was completely against this if you had asked me three months ago.

"I do believe that individuals need to start suing. I do believe that Meghan Markle and Harry, they need to start suing. The reason I believe that is they have to start making an example of these accounts.

"If you sue a handful of people then other people may start to say, 'I can actually be financially ruined if I continue doing this'."

The Duchess of Sussex has spoken about the impact that social media trolling had on her in 2019, the year she gave birth to son Archie.

Meghan told the Teenager Therapy podcast: "I'm told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world—male or female.

"Now eight months of that I wasn't even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby, but what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it's almost unsurvivable."

Cardi B's lawsuit was filed under her real name, Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, against Tasha K, whose real name is Latasha Transrina Kebe.

A court filing, seen by Newsweek, read: "Videos published by Kebe contain multiple false and defamatory statements about [Cardi B], including that [Cardi B] was a prostitute and a user of cocaine and molly, that [Cardi B] had and still has herpes, and that [Cardi B] has had herpes outbreaks on her mouth."

Another filing added: "By making and publishing the statements, and campaign of harassing videos, including the Defamatory Videos, [Tasha K and Kebe Studios LLC] were intending to cause [Cardi B] emotional distress."

After losing the case, Tasha K wrote on Twitter: "My Husband, Attorney's, & I fought really hard. I want to thank them for their long hours and sleepless nights. Winos it's only up from here. See y'all in a few days. Back to work."

Cardi B and Meghan Markle
Cardi B, pictured in Los Angeles on November 19, 2021, and Meghan Markle, seen in London on January 9, 2018. The rapper tweeted on Wednesday that she needs to talk to Meghan. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for MRC and Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images