Cardi B Countersues Former Manager Shaft for $15 Million

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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. She claims he wanted to control her relationship with Offset.

Cardi B is counter suing her former manager Klenord "Shaft" Raphael for $15 million. He got a commission off of her record deal - which was well within his right to receive - but, she claimed, Shaft also wanted 50 percent of her Sony Music publishing deal. Shaft started to manage Cardi's career in 2014, and he reportedly had a helping hand in getting her a spot on the cast of Love & Hip Hop. "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 has yet to respond publicly to Cardi's latest move.

Shaft claimed he was "disappointed by her actions to freeze him out of her career" and sought 20% of Cardi B's gross income. The suit, which came weeks after her hit album Invasion of Privacy was released, is for $10 million.


Cardi B is countersuing her former manager Shaft for breach of contract. Shaft named both men in the suit, in addition to Patientce Foster, who's Cardi B's publicist/stylist, according to Variety.

In one instance, he said Offset contacted him late past year, saying he was a "snake" who had taken more than his fair share of Cardi B's earnings. Leonard is listed as a co-writer on Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow". In the suit, she says that bled over into her dating life, with Shaft telling her "who she should and should not see romantically".


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