On Monday, Cardi B made an appearance at Queens Criminal Court to address allegations that she failed to complete her 15-day community service as part of a plea agreement related to her involvement in a strip club brawl. The rapper, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, had pleaded guilty in September and stated that accountability for one’s actions is a crucial part of growing up. During the court session, the judge granted Cardi an extension until March 1 to serve her sentence. She arrived at court wearing white, a color associated with purity and innocence, donning an oversized fur coat, sleeveless dress, Louboutin heels, and white Christian Dior sunglasses. Her lawyer, Drew Findling, assured the DailyMail.com that Cardi was dedicated to community service and charitable work and appreciated the court’s extension. The altercation occurred in August 2018, and Cardi pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors while ten other charges, including two felonies, were dismissed. Two co-defendants also pleaded guilty.
The presiding judge in Cardi’s case has given her a deadline of March 1 to fulfill her community service requirement.
As part of her plea deal, Cardi B has been ordered to provide the court with a DNA sample and is prohibited from contacting the victims for three years. Despite this, the rapper seemed unfazed by her court appearance, tweeting about her own masturbation techniques just hours before seeing the judge. According to prosecutors, Cardi B and her entourage were involved in a dispute with employees of Angels Strip Club in Flushing, Queens. During the altercation, chairs, bottles, and hookah pipes were thrown, leaving two employees with minor injuries. Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz stated that “no one is above the law,” and that Cardi B had accepted responsibility for her actions. The rapper rejected a plea deal in 2019, but has since expressed a desire to set a good example for her children and move on from the situation. Despite the legal issues, Cardi B’s music career continues to flourish, with hits such as I Like It and Girls Like You topping the charts.
As Cardi made her way into the Queens County Criminal Court, she was escorted by officials.
Cardi, accompanied by her legal team consisting of the renowned hip-hop attorney Drew Findling, also known as ‘The Illist,’ stood at her side.
The rapper remained tight-lipped and did not offer any comments to the press following the judge’s decision to grant her another opportunity.
Cardi admitted to her wrongdoings and expressed her willingness to take responsibility for them during her guilty plea in September 2022. She acknowledged making poor choices in the past and was not afraid to confront them.
As the judge handed down the sentence, prosecutors recounted the chaotic scene: victims were reportedly targeted with glass bottles and alcohol, and one woman was even slammed into a bar. The rapper had previously pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges in relation to the incident, which occurred in 2019. Along with two members of her entourage, she was indicted by a grand jury on felony charges. After receiving a lenient sentence, Cardi B headed to Little Italy to celebrate by enjoying an Italian sausage. Despite her trademark long nails, she had no trouble handling the soda can and peppers, deftly adding a squirt of mustard before hopping into a waiting Cadillac Escalade with her food in hand. She also wore an all-white outfit, though with a different hairstyle than the one she sported on Tuesday.
The hip-hop artist also expressed that these occurrences do not shape his identity and do not reflect his present self.
In the past, prosecutors have explained that Cardi was involved in a physical altercation where she allegedly threw glass bottles and hurled alcoholic drinks at the victims. Moreover, one woman’s head was slammed into the bar during the incident.
In 2018, there was a violent altercation at Angels strip club in New York City involving Cardi B’s entourage. Two female bartenders reported being attacked with bottles and liquor. This incident has resulted in a legal case.
Cardi B’s guilty plea spared her from having to testify in court, which could have been embarrassing. After leaving the court in September, she told reporters that she felt good. As part of the plea deal, Cardi B was required to provide a DNA sample and is forbidden from contacting the victims for three years. In a statement, she acknowledged her past mistakes and expressed her commitment to being a positive example for her children. Cardi B also stated that she is eager to move on from the situation and focus on her music and fans. Reports claim that Cardi B instructed eight people, including Tawana Jackson-Morel and Jeffrey Bush, to attack sisters Baddie Gi and Jade. DailyMail.com has contacted the sisters for comment about the case’s latest developments.
Cardi was alleged to have instructed a group of eight individuals, which included Tawana Jackson-Morel and Jeffrey Bush, to physically attack siblings Baddie Gi and Jade.
As she strolled out of the courthouse, the rapper flaunted her trademark lengthy nails.
After receiving a light penalty for her September incident, the rapper headed to Little Italy in Manhattan to celebrate by indulging in an Italian sausage. Prior to her court appearance in Queens, Cardi gave an interview on The Jason Lee Show podcast where she shared a traumatic experience. Cardi talked about the moment when she and her husband Offset received news of their friend, Migos member Takeoff’s death in Houston. The couple had decided not to go out for Halloween and were in bed when Offset’s phone kept ringing. When Offset finally answered the call, he started screaming “No! No! No! No!” and said TakeOff was dead. Cardi smacked him, urging him not to say that, but Offset continued to scream and throw things, leaving Cardi terrified and in tears.
As she walked out of court on Tuesday, the rapper chose to remain silent in front of the press.
In September, Cardi’s lawyer, Drew Findling, praised the rapper by saying she was an incredible client and an exceptional individual as she walked ahead of him.
The rapper Cardi B made an appearance in all-white attire, typically associated with innocence and purity. In October, she faced a California court where a federal jury dismissed claims that she had misused a man’s image on the cover of her first mixtape album in 2016. The artwork for Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 1 featured an altered photo of another individual with the plaintiff’s unique back tattoo performing oral sex on Cardi B. The Santa Ana jury deliberated for four days before concluding that the image did not breach Kevin Michael Brophy’s privacy or publicity rights. Brophy had filed a lawsuit in 2017 seeking at least $5 million in damages from Cardi B and her former manager, Klenord Raphael, and requested an order to prevent her from using his likeness. Following the verdict, Brophy’s attorney Barry Cappello of Cappello & Noel described Cardi B and Raphael as “gracious winners” who shook hands with Brophy. He also stated that it would be best for Brophy’s family to move past this incident if the chapter could close.