TALIB KWELI FILES $300K LAWSUIT AGAINST ‘JEZEBEL’ WEBSITE FOR ‘EMOTIONAL DISTRESS’

Talib Kweli is suing the website Jezebel for $300,000 over an article they wrote about him in 2020, which he’s said has caused him “emotional distress.”

Jezebel published a story titled “Talib Kweli’s Harassment Campaign Shows How Unprotected Black Women Are Online and Off” in August 2020, which detailed the rapper’s social media interactions with a then-24-year-old student and activist named Maya Moody.

The exchange resulted in Twitter permanently banning Kweli (real name Talib Kweli Greene) from the platform, citing “repeated violations of Twitter rules.”

In the lawsuit, filed on his own behalf in a New York court earlier in August, the Brooklyn native claimed Jezebel “took advantage of [him] and used him as a guinea pig to clarify how [B]lack men treat [B]lack women; meanwhile, the plaintiff never harassed anyone; he was defending himself and his family.”

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