Cardi B admits she was involved in a strip club brawl
Cardi B pleaded guilty to two misdemeanour charges on Thursday, admitting that in 2018, she paid a friend $5,000 to beat a woman who worked at a Queens strip club.
Rapper, born and bred in the Bronx, pleads guilty to third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment in exchange for probation.
Cardi told reporters, “I feel like I look good.” when asked how she was doing as she left the courthouse.
After a brawl in which she threw a hookah at one of two bartender sisters and told a friend to beat the other for allegedly sleeping with her husband, the 29-year-old hip-hop singer was handed a three-year order of protection and forced to serve 15 days of community service.
When asked by Justice Michelle Johnson of the Queens Supreme Court if she understood the terms of her plea bargain, the artist answered mutely, “Yes”
Cardi, real name Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, admitted she assaulted the bartender in August of 2018 by striking her, tugging her hair, and banging her head against the bar.
The assault on Jade and Baddie G. at the Angels strip club in Flushing, New York, led to 12 charges against her, including two felonies for attempted assault.
Rapper briefly waved at reporters as she entered the courthouse on Thursday morning while wearing dark tinted sunglasses.
As the hearing began, she sat on a bench inside the courthouse and nervously tapped her foot, but she also talked to others, smiled, and turned to greet the reporters.
Her lawyer, Drew Findling, said she turned down a plea deal in 2020 because she wanted to go on with her life.
“There are too many things that she has planned for her family, for her career and for the community and she just felt, quite honestly, that a three-week jury trial was going to be a distraction from the things that she felt was most important and so, hence, we made contact with the prosecution,” Findling said.