The long-awaited trial over the cover of Cardi B’s debut mixtape has been postponed again, according Billboard.
The trial, which has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, was scheduled to begin on August 3. However, on Friday, Judge Cormac J. Carney moved the trial to October because Cardi’s original attorney will be unavailable due to “serious illness.” She will now have a week to find a new lawyer and start preparing for trial.
The case revolves around a 2017 lawsuit filed by California resident Kevin Brophy, who claims Cardi used his likeness without permission on the cover of Gangsta B*tch Music, Vol. 1; he claims it violated his privacy and “humiliated” him among his family and friends. The cover depicts Cardi sitting with her legs apart as a tattooed man kneels in front of her appears to be engaging in oral sex.
While the original model consented to use her image on the cover, the tattoos on her back were touched up by the graphic designer hired to create the cover. Brophy’s tattoos showed up on a Google search and were superimposed on the model. Brophy’s attorney said he “had to deal with uncomfortable comments, questions and teasing from members of the community and his family” and that “his work and professional life have been irretrievably damaged. damaged by the fact that he had to explain this offensive, offensive and malicious use of his image.
Cardi’s attorneys, however, argued that there was no real way to recognize Brophy’s tattoos, that the digital manipulation on the cover protected her by the First Amendment, and that Brophy was just trying to cash. Meanwhile, Cardi herself has put the finishing touches on a new album with the single “Hot Sh*t.”
Cardi B is a Warner Music artist. Uproxx is an independent subsidiary of Warner Music Group.