Cardi B: Rapper pleads guilty to strip club assault charges

Cardi B: Rapper pleads guilty to strip club assault charges
Cardi B: Rapper pleads guilty to strip club assault charges

Cardi B has admitted two offences arising from a brawl during a strip club, as a part of a deal that means she will avoid a trial and possible jail time.

The Grammy-winning rapper, born Belcalis Almanzar, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment, and was sentenced to fifteen days community service.

Ten other charges were dismissed.

“I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that i’m not afraid to face and own up to,” she said during a statement.

In court, the 29-year-old admitted organising and participating in two attacks on employees of the Angels nightclub in ny in 2018.

According to authorities, the incidents grew out of a feud between Almanzar and two sisters – one among whom she believed was having an affair with her husband, the rapper Offset.

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Prosecutors said that, on the primary night, Almanzar and her entourage struck the victim, a bartender, pulling her hair, punching her and slamming her head into the bar.

Two weeks later, they returned, throwing alcohol, bottles and a hookah pipe at the primary victim’s sister.

Asked to verify the details in court, Almanzar did so quietly, admitting she had offered a lover $5,000 (£4,000) over Instagram to help her in the confrontation.

As well as community service, the rapper has been ordered to remain away from the victims, identified as Jade and Baddie Gi, for 3 years.

She accepted the plea deal at some point before the case was due to come to trial, the ny Times reported.

The musician’s lawyer, Drew Findling, said she wanted to draw a line under the case.

“There are too many things that she has planned for her family, for her career and for the community and she or he just felt, quite honestly, that a three-week jury trial was visiting be a distraction from the things that she felt was most important and so, hence, we made contact with the prosecution,” he told the ny Post.

In her statement, the rapper said: “Part of growing up and maturing is being in charge of your actions. As a mother, it is a practice that I am trying to instil in my children, but the instance starts with me.

“These moments don’t define me and that they are not reflective of who I am now.”

Melinda Katz, the Queens DA , said during a statement: “No-one is above the law. In pleading guilty today, Ms Belcalis Almanzar and two co-defendants have accepted responsibility for his or her actions.”

Cardi B rose to fame with the track Bodak Yellow in 2017, topping the Billboard chart and becoming one among rap’s most colourful and outspoken performers.

Her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, won the Grammy for best reap album in 2019, and she or he has scored global number one hits with the Latin-flavoured I Like It and the X-rated WAP, a duet with Megan Thee Stallion.

After Thursday’s hearing at Queens County court in New York, she was mobbed by dozens of fans and court employees.

“In all my years of covering lawsuits , I’ve never seen this,” said NBC news reporter Melissa Colorado on Twitter. “Court staff cheering for a defendant who accepted a plea deal as she walks out of the court room.”

One employee even asked the rapper for a photograph , Colorado added.

“I can’t,” Almanzar replied.

Cardi B has admitted two offences arising from a brawl during a strip club, as a part of a deal that means she will avoid a trial and possible jail time.

The Grammy-winning rapper, born Belcalis Almanzar, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment, and was sentenced to fifteen days community service.

Ten other charges were dismissed.

“I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that i’m not afraid to face and own up to,” she said during a statement.

In court, the 29-year-old admitted organising and participating in two attacks on employees of the Angels nightclub in ny in 2018.

According to authorities, the incidents grew out of a feud between Almanzar and two sisters – one among whom she believed was having an affair with her husband, the rapper Offset.

Cardi B charged with strip club assault
Cardi B awarded over £2m in defamation case win
Prosecutors said that, on the primary night, Almanzar and her entourage struck the victim, a bartender, pulling her hair, punching her and slamming her head into the bar.

Two weeks later, they returned, throwing alcohol, bottles and a hookah pipe at the primary victim’s sister.

Asked to verify the details in court, Almanzar did so quietly, admitting she had offered a lover $5,000 (£4,000) over Instagram to help her in the confrontation.

As well as community service, the rapper has been ordered to remain away from the victims, identified as Jade and Baddie Gi, for 3 years.

She accepted the plea deal at some point before the case was due to come to trial, the ny Times reported.

The musician’s lawyer, Drew Findling, said she wanted to draw a line under the case.

“There are too many things that she has planned for her family, for her career and for the community and she or he just felt, quite honestly, that a three-week jury trial was visiting be a distraction from the things that she felt was most important and so, hence, we made contact with the prosecution,” he told the ny Post.

In her statement, the rapper said: “Part of growing up and maturing is being in charge of your actions. As a mother, it is a practice that I am trying to instil in my children, but the instance starts with me.

“These moments don’t define me and that they are not reflective of who I am now.”

Melinda Katz, the Queens DA , said during a statement: “No-one is above the law. In pleading guilty today, Ms Belcalis Almanzar and two co-defendants have accepted responsibility for his or her actions.”

Cardi B rose to fame with the track Bodak Yellow in 2017, topping the Billboard chart and becoming one among rap’s most colourful and outspoken performers.

Her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, won the Grammy for best reap album in 2019, and she or he has scored global number one hits with the Latin-flavoured I Like It and the X-rated WAP, a duet with Megan Thee Stallion.

After Thursday’s hearing at Queens County court in New York, she was mobbed by dozens of fans and court employees.

“In all my years of covering lawsuits , I’ve never seen this,” said NBC news reporter Melissa Colorado on Twitter. “Court staff cheering for a defendant who accepted a plea deal as she walks out of the court room.”

One employee even asked the rapper for a photograph , Colorado added.

“I can’t,” Almanzar replied.

 

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