Rapper Cardi B faces a $5 million lawsuit due to using the likeness of a tattoo on the album cover of her 2016 mixtape Gangsta Bitch Music Vol. 1.

Kevin Brophy Jr. is suing the rapper because a tattoo on the artwork allegedly violates his right of publicity and portrays in him a false light. He claims that though he has never met Cardi B, the imaged on her mixtape depicts a man sporting a similar tattoo depicting a tiger battling a snake. The man on the artwork appears in between her legs performing a sexual act.

On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney rejected the rapper’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit and ruled that Brophy has stated a plausible claim for using his likeness without consent. People reportedly recognize the Plaintiff by his tiger-snake tattoo, which is the same artwork depicted on the cover.

Cardi B responded in her deposition saying, “I’m really upset because I really have to be with my kid. All because of some bull–t trying to get money and then $5,000,000. Are you f–king kidding me? That mixtape didn’t even make, not even a million dollars. I got real lawsuits with real s–t, and I got to deal with this bulls–t. This is four hours long taking away from my time, my job, my motherhood.”

Her deposition has gained a lot of media attention as referenced the Power Puff Girl’s in defense of her case. Cardi B says she used the picture to illustrate that she’s a gangster. “I’m not a pretty girl, or I am a pretty girl, but I’m not like this, this pink girly girl. I’m, like, the Buttercup, you know? There’s three powerful girls. There’s Blossom, and there’s Bubbles and there’s Buttercup, the green one. That’s me. That’s who I am.”

 

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