Karen Civil embroiled in social media controversy after being accused of taking advantage of clients like Jessie Woo, Joyner Lucas


September 19, 2021

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Music marketing strategist Karen Civil lost her defamation lawsuit against comedian and musician Jessie Woo in a Los Angeles court on Thursday. Civil filed the suit in a Los Angeles court in March and alleged that Woo defamed her through slander or libel, according to the court’s public records.

Civil served the comedian with lawsuit papers by booking her for a fake event using “a non-existent company in order to obtain personal information.” Woo said that when she arrived at the booking, she was given the lawsuit documents which said that her actions, the alleged slander or libel, cost Civil $3 million.

Woo, whose full name is Jessica Juste, said in an Instagram post that Civil’s lawsuit was an effort to silence victims who cannot afford to go against powerful music executives.

“Often times people go silent in this industry because they cannot afford to defend their factual truth,” said Woo in the post. “Keep this in mind before you attack the underdog. She thought I wouldn’t defend myself.”

In a statement to theGrio, Civil says that all of Woo’s claims of extortion and social threats “have no merit or truth” and that it is unfortunate that Woo has “decided to use her platform” in this way.

“It’s a very unfortunate situation where two Haitian-women people who started off as associates, but unfortunately Jessica decided to use her platform to discredit and slander my name in the purpose of gaining notoriety and popularity for herself,” Civil told theGrio.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 23: Karen Civil attends Spotify Hosts “Best New Artist” Party at The Lot Studios on January 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Spotify)

In a tweet, which has since been deleted, Civil also claimed that Woo has “animosity” towards her because they are no longer friends and Woo “no longer [has] access due to boundaries.”

In a clubhouse conversation on Saturday between media entertainment blogger Jason Lee, who owns the gossip site Hollywood Unlocked, the account which posted the deleted tweets of Civil’s initial response to Woo, Civil admitted to hiring a hacker to take down Lee’s website because he did not remove a story that painted her in a bad light.

The once-friendly relationship between Woo and Civil started to go south in 2020, according to Civil’s lawsuit.

The 34-year-old marketeer alleges that she mentored Woo over the years, getting her invitations to industry events and even helping land a gig singing the national anthem at the 2020 Clippers playoff game against the Nuggets.

However, later in 2020, Woo blasted Civil in a series of deleted tweets, accusing her of stealing her podcast idea. Civil currently hosts a podcast called “Girl I Guess.”

“What does Karen do besides steal,” said Woo in one tweet about the instance. She also responded to a commenter saying, “you don’t know what (Karen Civil) is doing behind the scenes and the phone calls she’s been making.”

Jessie Woo
Musician and comedian Jessie Woo attends Black Girls Rock 2019 Hosted By Niecy Nash at NJPAC on August 25, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for BET)

She then invited her followers who have witnessed or been done wrong by Civil to email her.

The suit claimed that those actions have “irreparably caused damage to Civil’s credibility as a social media and digital marketing strategist, damaging her brand and her potential to do business within the entertainment sphere.”

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