Former stripper and now hit US rapper, Cardi B has been formally charged with assault in relation to a fight at a New York City strip club. The rapping sensation, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, had previously faced misdemeanour charges over the incident at Angels NYC in Queens in August. There has been an ongoing investigation and now she has been found guilty and charged with assault after a brawl broke out in the adult entertainment club.
Cardi B was first arrested back in October when there were some fairly serious allegations made against her which suggested she had some involvement in ordering an attack on two bartenders. The two strip club workers have later been named as Jade and Baddie G. It has been reported that the incident was initially triggered after Cardi B accused Jade of sleeping with her husband, Offset. There hasn’t been any evidence released to suggest that these claims were true and it is still unclear whether or not Offset was in fact having an affair with Jade.
When filing their complaints, the two women claim they were injured during the brawl when Cardi’s people began throwing bottles and chairs at them. While Cardi B herself didn’t get involved in the fight, on Friday, a jury found the 26-year-old star guilty of 14 charges, including two counts of assault with intent to cause serious physical injury.
Cardi B was offered a plea deal from the Queens district attorney’s office which would have seen her given a conditional discharge, escaping a prison sentence unless she committed a further offence. However, she immediately rejected this offer, leading to her subsequent arrest and imprisonment.
Who is Cardi B?
While she is a big hit in the United States of America, her fame is a little less impressive in other counties, such as the UK. While she is quite popular with teenagers and young adults, most people would be forgiven for not having heard of her before. For a little background information; the controversial rap star made waves in the music scene in 2017 with her breakout single Bodak Yellow, which saw her become the first solo female rapper in nearly 20 years to top the US single charts. Her predecessor being Lauryn Hill, who was also very famous in the US.
Her subsequent debut LP, Invasion Of Privacy, was another record breaking track. The song made Cardi B the first solo female artist to win best rap album at this year’s Grammy Awards, which is an achievement in itself. She’s been making huge waves throughout the music industry with her often controversial music which is sometimes considered to be ‘offensive.’ Despite all this bad press and publicity, it’s unlikely to affect her fans’ opinion of her and her fame. If anything, it’s likely to increase awareness of her music in countries other than the US.
Cardi B is due to appear in court at the next hearing in the case, which is scheduled for 25th June in Queens Criminal Court, New York.