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