Cardi B Appears In Court As $5M Tattoo Cover Art Trial Begins

Plaintiff Kevin Brophy, Jr. claims misleading images of his back tattoos were used for a mixtape cover.

 

Cardi B and Kevin Brophy coming out of court.

Cardi B and plaintiff Kevin Brophy depart the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on October 19, 2022 in Santa Ana, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

As one case has reached a verdict, Cardi B (born Becalis Almanzar) finds herself back in court this week for another trial. This time, Almanzar’s team is defending her against plaintiff Kevin Brophy Jr. who claims an image of his back tattoo was used for the 2016 cover of Cardi’s Gangsta Bi**h Music Vol. 1 (see below). Brophy says the mixtape art has caused him embarrassment and “goes against what he stands for.”

The cover art shows Cardi sitting in the back of a limousine drinking a Corona, while an unidentified man kneels in front of her appearing to perform cunnilingus.

 

According to Rolling Stone, both parties’ attorneys opened their statements agreeing that the image used on the cover art is indeed some of Brophy’s back tattoos. The legal teams also explained how the usage of the image came about. The graphic artist who designed the mixtape cover for Cardi replaced the model on the cover’s tattoos with part of Brophy’s.

The designer used a tiger and serpent he found online, which actually was Brophy’s ink.

“It felt like my Michelangelo was stolen off the wall and just literally ripped off and robbed and just put wherever these people wanted to put it,” Brophy expressed in court. “It looks like I’m giving oral sex to somebody that’s not my wife, somebody that’s not my partner, and an image that I never signed off on, ever.”

He added, “Being a father of two and a devoted husband and a man of faith as well, this goes against everything that I stand for, and I would never ever sign off on something like this.”

Peter J. Anderson, the Bronx rapper’s attorney, argued that Brophy’s stance is invalid. Anderson pointed out that the man on the cover art is actually a Black man whose hair is visible in the photo. The plaintiff is a white man who sports a shaved head.

Kevin Michael Brophy with bald head

Kevin Michael Brophy is seen departing the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on October 19, 2022 in Santa Ana, California. Brophy is suing rapper Cardi B for copyright infringement after she allegedly used an image of Brophy’s tattoo on an album cover. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

In support of Anderson’s argument, additionally, the model on the cover doesn’t have all of Brophy’s tattoos — there’s a missing neck design. Cardi’s team argued that it’s unlikely that anyone would have seen the mixtape cover and immediately assumed it was Brophy with Cardi B.

 

“They have not identified any person, any member of the public, any friend who said that,” Anderson argued.

Claiming that the father of two is the one bringing attention to his tattoos, Anderson added, “That’s a self-inflicted wound. He caused that by identifying himself when no one else had identified him as being the person in the image.”

Cardi B Appears In Court As $5M Tattoo Cover Art Trial Begins

Cardi B’s lawyer argued that the graphic artist’s cover art design technically makes the model’s edited back tattoos a “new image.” Brophy’s attorney, A. Barry Cappello, argued that the “Bodak Yellow” rapper should have never used the body art at all — although it may have been without Cardi’s knowledge.

“This was his likeness,” Cappello said. “It’s the personal property, it’s the personal identity of a private citizen, not another celebrity. This is a private person. Unless you ask for it or you pay for it, you can’t take it under the laws of the land… You can’t take somebody else’s image and do something offensive with it, hold it in a false light.”

Cardi B is expected to testify sometime during the four-day trial. On Tuesday (Oct. 18), Cardi reportedly sat silently in court as her team presented their case, RS reports. District Judge Cormac J. Carney stated that the trial should continue this week.

Take a look at the model’s original back tattoo and edited version on Cardi B’s Gangst Bi**h Music Vol. 1 above. Thoughts?

Related Posts

HOT NEW : Ryan Reynolds reveals if his and Blake Lively’s fourth child’s name is on Taylor Swift’s new album

The IF actor welcomed his fourth child with the It Ends With Us actress in early 2023  While we may have gotten the names of Ryan Reynolds’ and Blake Lively’s second and…

Hugh Jackman shares heartwarming family birth – after his children revealed they were ‘worried’ for their dad following split from Deborra-Lee Furness

Hugh Jackman announced some exciting news on Monday when he revealed a very anticipated birth finally happened in his home.The Hollywood star, 55, took to his Instagram Stories…

Hugh Jackman shares heartwarming family birth – after his children revealed they were ‘worried’ for their dad following split from Deborra-Lee Furness

Hugh Jackman announced some exciting news on Monday when he revealed a very anticipated birth finally happened in his home.The Hollywood star, 55, took to his Instagram Stories…

SEE : Sad detail in Hugh Jackman’s bachelor pad following his split from wife Deborra-Lee Furness

Fans have pointed out a sad detail in Hugh Jackman‘s latest selfie from inside his bachelor pad in New York City following his split from wife Deborra-Lee Furness.The 55-year-old actor shared…

HOT NEWS : Deborra-Lee Furness breaks silence on split from Hugh Jackman as she reflects on her life as a single woman

Deborra-Lee Furness has spent the months since her shock split from husband Hugh Jackman reflecting on her new single life.The pair split in September last year, and last week,…

The Worst Things Wolverine Has Ever Done: Killing X-Men, Creeping On Mary Jane & More

From all the X-Men movies, including the acclaimed “Logan,” to animated series like “X-Men ’97,” Wolverine is one of the biggest fan-favorite Marvel superheroes. With razor-sharp indestructible…