Kevin Hart and Tasha K via Instagram

A recent ruling in a California court has given actor and comedian Kevin Hart the green light to proceed with his defamation lawsuit against YouTube personality Tasha K

The lawsuit centers around a tell-all interview conducted by Tasha K with Kevin’s former personal assistant, Miesha Shakes, in which false information about Hart was allegedly spread.

In the interview, Shakes made claims about Kevin Hart facing charges related to a sex tape recorded in Las Vegas in 2017. 

However, Kevin maintains that these claims are false and could have been easily debunked with a basic public records search. 

Despite attempts by Tasha K’s legal team to argue that the use of the word “charges” was technically incorrect and had no material impact on the listener, the judge ruled that Kevin Hart’s defamation claim had enough merit to proceed.

Related: Kevin Hart Sues Tasha K & His Former Assistant Miesha Shakes For Extortion Over ‘Defamatory’ Interview

While Kevin’s extortion claim against Tasha K was stricken due to California law not providing for such a cause of action, his defamation claim, as well as claims of invasion of privacy and intentional interference with contractual relations, were allowed to move forward. 

Interestingly, separate claims brought by Hart’s company, K. Hart Enterprises, also survived Tasha K’s attempt to have them thrown out.

The ruling marks another chapter in the ongoing legal battle between Kevin Hart and Tasha K, who is no stranger to courtroom drama. 

In 2019, she was sued by rapper Cardi B for defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, resulting in a $4 million jury verdict against Tasha K. 

Related: Tasha K Loses Appeal In Cardi B’s $4.1M Libel Case

Despite filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May 2023, Tasha K’s legal troubles seem far from over.

Tasha took to social media after the ruling writing: 

So glad that the Judge threw out #KevinHarts bogus extortion claims, That’s his forever go to line these days it seems like.

My lawyers made progress getting half of these so called claims thrown out today.  We have two more claims we are actively fighting regarding interference with NDA & Defamation‼️

But this is the last time I speak on this “moral clause” lawsuit!” 

I’m just happy that my name was cleared on that Extortion! Because No one EVER attempted to EXTORT from my team! 

See her original tweet below.

As the case progresses, both parties are gearing up for a potentially lengthy legal battle, with the possibility of appeals looming on the horizon. 

Meanwhile, the outcome of this lawsuit could have significant implications for the boundaries of free speech in the digital age and the responsibilities of online personalities when it comes to spreading information. 

Stay tuned for further updates as the story unfolds.

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