A federal judge in New York ordered the release of the rapper’s medical records after she accused him of ‘illegally initiating a lawsuit’
A US judge has ordered the release of rapper Cardi B’s medical records after she accused a doctor who had treated her of abusing her when she was sexually abused as a child.
The lawsuit stems from allegations made by the rapper, who uses the stage name Bhad Bhabie.
“This is all political and in order to curry favour with her, the New York court ordered the release of medical records,” Bronx lawyer Marc Agnifilo, representing Dr Micaela Aquino, said.
In a filing with US district court in Manhattan last month, Cardi B, 26, accuses Aquino of administering a sexually transmitted disease test to her during a biopsy.
Aquino disputes the rapper’s claim, and says it was not her responsibility. Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, was diagnosed with herpes, however, according to documents.
On Saturday, the judge granted Aquino’s request for the records to be turned over to Agnifilo.
Aristifilo said Cardi B was lying about the claims.
“The claims were patently false when filed, and the physician made no further attempts to persuade her to retract or update her story,” he said.
Aquino is seeking “decompensatory damages” for what she believes was “illegal initiating a lawsuit” by Cardi B, who does not have a lawyer.
A court representative for Cardi B could not be reached for comment.
Aquino, who works at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, also claims Cardi B’s actions are a breach of her duties under HIPAA law.
“The personal information disclosed, including defendant’s current diagnosis, history, medical history, diagnosis, social security number, address, date of birth, name, social networking identity, marital status, doctor and care facility identification numbers and gender identification was added to the medical records without obtaining consent of the employee and/or the patient,” the court filing said.
The FBI is investigating Cardi B’s claim that she was abused by two males at the age of 12 and later signed a stipulation promising to never reveal the incident, Agnifilo said.
The New York Police Department confirmed on Saturday they were investigating the rapper, but declined to give details.