Cardi B pleads not guilty to charges in strip club fight

Cardi B has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a brawl in a New York strip club last August.

The 26-year-old Grammy Award-winning rapper whose real name is Belcalis Almanza, was arraigned on Tuesday in a New York Supreme Court on new felony charges in connection with a fight last year at a strip club.
The rapper alongside two defendants pleaded not guilty on charges of attempted assault, harassment, conspiracy and second-degree reckless endangerment in a 12-count indictment.
“The defendants, in this case, are accused of two premeditated attacks on two women working at a club in Queens last summer,” Ryan said in a statement. “The victims allegedly had glass bottles hurled at them, alcoholic drinks thrown in their faces and one woman’s head was slammed into the bar.

Despite being indicted by a grand jury in Queens on Friday on multiple felony charges stemming from a 2018 strip club altercation, as Page Sixreports, Cardi (born Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar) remained characteristically confident as she performed for the BET Experience audience on Saturday in Los Angeles.

 

“I ain’t going to jail!” the eventual winner for Album of the Year—the first female rapper to do so at the BET Awards—reportedly told the crowd. “Fuck you mean? I ain’t going to jail, I got a daughter!”

“Not guilty, sir, Honor,” the rapper told the state court judge at her appearance on Tuesday. Two other defendants, who were also allegedly involved in the altercation, pleaded not guilty to similar charges.

Cardi Cardi B had originally only been charged with two misdemeanors counts of reckless endangerment and one misdemeanor count of assault. But in April, Prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury after she rejected a plea deal that would have given her a conditional discharge in return for pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor.

If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.

The next court date will be September 9, although Cardi isn’t required to appear.