By Damilola Faustino
In April, Klenord Raphael aka Shaft, Cardi B’s former manager sued her for $10 million, claiming he was fired by the rapper despite being instrumental in her success.
Few weeks down the line, Cardi B is now countersuing Shaft for $15 million, claiming he exploited her and tried to maintain complete control over her and even attempting to control her personal life, telling her who she should and should not see romantically.
The suit, filed in New York’s Southern District by attorney Paul LiCalsi of Robins Kaplan, claims that Shaft used money that belonged to Cardi — whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar — for “personal travel, entertainment and expenses,” and that employees of Shaft’s company, KSR, “[helped] themselves to the ‘Bank of Almanzar,’ taking “loans” of up to $15,000 without Cardi’s knowledge.
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.
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