Man suing Cardi B. over mixtape cover feels like his ‘Michelangelo’ was stolen

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Cardi B is currently on trial for misappropriating the likeness of the image used on the cover of her 2016 mixtape Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1. The man suing her has a tattoo on his back that looks eerily similar to the person in the picture having oral sex with the rapper.

During testimony Tuesday, Kevin Michael “Mike” Brophy said he felt his “Michelangelo was stolen from a wall and literally ripped down, robbed and taken to wherever these people wanted to put it.”

According to Law and Crime, the New York rapper attended the second of what is expected to be four days of trial and was represented by lead attorney Peter Anderson, a team from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, and her personal attorney, Lisa Moore. Anderson said Cardi B was not involved in choosing the cover art for the 2016 mixtape and was not responsible for its distribution.

The cover was designed by a New York graphic artist named Tim Gooden, who was reportedly inspired by a photo posted by either Brophy or his tattoo artist.

The lawsuit, which was filed in 2017, is described as Brophy’s last resort after Cardi B was continually asked to remove the image in question. “It looks like I’m giving oral sex to someone who isn’t my wife, someone who isn’t my partner. A picture I never, ever signed — ever,” Brophy testified.

Brophy is a married father of two from Huntington Beach and fears his children will one day see the picture.

The trial is taking place in federal court in Santa Ana, California. Man suing Cardi B. over mixtape cover feels like his ‘Michelangelo’ was stolen

Lindsay Lowe

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