Cardi B will not face any consequences after claiming she was unable to travel to California for a trial, only to end up in Paris days later.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, a federal court judge has denied a request demanding Cardi be sanctioned $8,310.
As we previously reported, Cardi is being sued by a man named Kevin Brophy Jr. He is seeking $5 million for his photo being used on her mixtape Gangsta Bi-ch Music Vol. 1 without permission.
The cover features Cardi sitting in the backseat of a limo with her legs spread open. A heavily tattooed man is seen from the back performing oral sex on the Bodak Yellow rapper.
Brophy claims his photo being used caused him emotional distress and caused him issues with his family. Cardi says the suit is nothing more than a shakedown and denies causing any harm to the man.
The judge has allowed the case to move forward despite Cardi's demands for it to be dismissed. The rapper recently asked for the trial date from October to next year. She said her doctor advised her against traveling from New York to California because she had just given birth to her son.
The judge was persuaded with Cardi's doctor's note and pushed the trial to Feburary. Brophy was furious and wanted it to start before 2022 but dropped the matter.
That was until he saw Cardi partying in France for Paris Fashion Week. He accused her of lying to the court about not being able to travel. He said, "There is no reasonable explanation for” Cardi to “suggest that she could not, and would not, leave New York because she needed to be with her children and that it was not safe to be in public places, only for her to appear two weeks later in Paris.”
Brophy demanded the trial be pushed up from February 2022 to December 2021. He also wanted the $8k in sanctions.
Cardi denied tricking the court saying the Paris Fashion Week opportunity came up after the judge pushed back the trial date.
She said renowned fashion designer Mugler approached her with a gig and she could not turn it down. "The opportunity to take part in such an internationally renowned, widely publicized and prestigious event, on behalf of someone of the world’s greatest fashion designers, was simply too important, from a career standpoint, and too lucrative, to disregard," her attorney wrote.
Now, the judge has ruled and sided with Cardi on the matter. He denied the motion for sanctions claiming the evidence showed the rapper did not mislead the court.
Further, the judge said she explained why traveling to Paris Fashion Week was different than traveling for the trial. The order said Cardi was able to "leave her newborn in New York in the case of her mother and a baby nurse for the short trip to Paris, she was not able to make such arrangements for the lengthy travel required to prepare for and attend the trial in this case."
The parties will face off come February.