"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. The control extended to who she chose to date.
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He attempted "to control her personal life, telling her who she should and should not see romantically".
Now, Cardi B is countersuing Raphael for $15 million, accusing him of "self-dealing" and "deceitful and disloyal conduct".
"As Cardi B's star rose, 'so too did Shaft's greed, '" says the suit.
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Cardi B, who filed a countersuit on Thursday, is looking to have management and recording agreements declared void.
After filing the complaint, a representative for Raphael explained: "Since discovering Cardi B in 2015, Shaft has played an integral role in developing her music career and public image".
Cardi B is now one of the hottest hip-hop artists with the success of her smash hit "Bodak Yellow" previous year.
In the lawsuit, Raphael alleges that Cardi B's publicist, who has the oddly-spelled name Patientce Foster, and who has also been named as a defendant in the suit, engaged in a "campaign of lies" against Raphael, in an attempt to lure her to switch representation and thus improperly induced her to materially breach the WorldStar exclusive management agreement.More news: Meghan dazzles in Roland Mouret on day two of her Dublin visit