Cardi B counter-sues her ex-manager for $15 million

Cardi B has decided to launch a counter-suit against Klenord Raphael on the basis that he exploited her and tried to maintain control over her career and personal life.

FILE: Cardi B arrives for the 2018 Met Gala in a custom Moschino outfit and bedazzled headpiece. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Chart-topping rap star Cardi B is reportedly counter-suing her ex-manager for $15 million.

The 25-year-old rapper has decided to launch a counter-suit against Klenord Raphael - who is more commonly known as Shaft - on the basis that he exploited her and tried to maintain control over her career and personal life.

In April, Cardi had a suit filed against her by Raphael, who claimed he'd helped to develop her talent and reputation only for her to turn her back on him when she reached the top of the music business.

But Cardi has rubbished those accusations and has instead claimed Raphael cut her off from other friends and advisers, before signing her up to a series of "highly one-sided" contracts.

What's more, Cardi even claimed Raphael attempted to sabotage her relationship with her now-husband, 26-year-old Migos rapper Offset.

_TMZ _reports that the counter-suit accuses Raphael of trying to dictate who she "should and should not see romantically".

Cardi - who is expecting her first child with Offset - also said that Raphael sought to take 20% in commission from her earnings and he even asked for half of the proceeds she earned from her Sony publishing deal.

Since leaving Raphael's management, Cardi's career has been guided by Quality Control's Solid Foundation, which is run by Kevin Lee and Pierre Thomas.

Both men were named in the original lawsuit, which was filed on 26 April and in the court documents, Raphael accused Offset of "steering Cardi B to QC to be managed by Thomas and Lee in all of her entertainment endeavours".

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. While he is proud of their successful collaborations as she evolved from Instagram influencer to music megastar, Shaft is disappointed by her actions to freeze him out of her career, which are detailed in the complaint."