A “man of religion” is suing Cardi B for superimposing his again tattoo on to a male mannequin who seemingly performs oral intercourse on the rapper on the duvet of her debut mixtape.
Kevin Michael Brophy is suing the Grammy-winning musician in a copyright-infringement lawsuit in federal court docket in southern California, searching for $5m in damages. Belcalis Almánzar, the rapper’s actual identify, was in court docket and is anticipated to testify through the trial.
The quilt artwork for Gangsta Bitch Music Vol 1, the rapper’s debut mixtape, was exhibited to jurors. Almánzar is proven sitting at the back of a automotive, staring into digital camera, ingesting a bottle of Corona beer whereas a person with a again tattoo has his head between her open legs.
Brophy’s lawyer A Barry Cappello informed the court docket that his shopper’s life had been “disrupted” and that the picture had additionally disturbed his spouse, who initially questioned if her husband was the mannequin on the duvet artwork.
Chatting with the court docket, Brophy mentioned he had as soon as thought-about his again tattoo, which reveals a tiger battling a serpent, to be a “Michelangelo piece” that has since change into “raunchy and disgusting”.
“It seems to be like I’m giving oral intercourse to anyone that’s not my spouse, anyone that’s not my accomplice, and a picture that I by no means signed off on, ever,” Brophy informed the court docket. “Being a father of two and a loyal husband and a person of religion as nicely, this goes in opposition to all the pieces that I stand for, and I might by no means ever log off on one thing like this.”
Almánzar’s lawyer, Peter Anderson, denied that Brophy’s picture had been used for the duvet artwork, noting the mannequin within the picture didn’t have tattoos on his neck whereas Brophy does. “Brophy’s face wasn’t on the mixtape,” Anderson mentioned throughout his opening assertion. “She was already standard. It has nothing to do with Brophy.”
Brophy countered that everybody who is aware of him believed him to be on the mixtape cowl. Defence filings identified that the mannequin who posed for the images was Black, whereas Brophy is white.
“For me, it was one thing I took quite a lot of pleasure in,” Brophy mentioned about his tattoo. “Now, that picture feels devalued. I really feel robbed. I really feel utterly disregarded. There’s quite a lot of issues I wish to be spending time on. However the one technique to get this eliminated was to return right here to this courtroom.”
Timm Gooden, who created the mixtape cowl artwork, was paid $50 to create the design, in response to Brophy’s lawyer. He was informed to seek out one other tattoo after handing over an preliminary draft and Googled “again tattoos” earlier than discovering Brophy’s.
Almánzar mentioned Gooden solely used a “small portion” of the tattoos with out her data. She beforehand mentioned the duvet artwork was transformative honest use of Brophy’s likeness.
Testimony is about to final 4 days and deliberations are resulting from start on Friday.