'I feel good': Cardi B celebrates 15-day community service with hotdog as she dodges jail in strip club brawl case
Cardi B pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges admitting she paid a friend $5,000 to beat up a woman who worked at a Queen's strip club in 2018
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Belcalis Marlenis Almánzarm, also known as Cardi B, appeared in a Queen's court on Thursday, September 15, and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and reckless endangerment and faces 15 days of community service. After accepting the plea deal, the famous American hip-hop star was seen eating an Italian sausage. To her delight, she will not have to go to jail for throwing a champagne bottle at two sisters who worked at a strip club, one of whom she accused of sleeping with her husband Offset.
The Grammy award winner made sure to visit the San Gennaro Festival in Manhattan's Little Italy following her court hearing where she was spotted relaxing with a Pepsi and sausage from a street vendor. Cardi B initially sported white Louboutin stiletto heels for her court appearance but later changed them into a pair of comfortable black slides for the street festival. One of her most prominent signature looks is extremely long nails, but despite having that she did not seem to have any trouble navigating her soda can and sausage with peppers, to which she ably added a hint of mustard before returning to a waiting Cadillac Escalade with the food in hand.
The San Gennaro street fest which is inspired by a Neapolitan tradition has been celebrated in New York City since the 1920s. The festival started on Thursday and will continue until September 25. Instead of the prison time she had faced under the original felony charges, Cardi B's plea deal comes with a sentence of 15 days of community service.
Breaking: @iamcardib pleads guilty to assault in the 3rd degree & reckless endangerment in the 2nd degree for her role in a 2018 assault of two sisters at a strip club in Queens.— Melissa Colorado (@melissacolorado) September 15, 2022
Cardi admitted to paying an acquaintance $5K to beat up a woman who worked at the club. @NBCNewYork pic.twitter.com/xfqRWeeL7S
The incident took place four years back in 2018 when a vicious fight broke out at Angels strip club in New York City, where two female bartenders said they were assaulted by Cardi B's entourage hurling bottles and liquor. The surprise plea deal came just a day before jury selection in Cardi B's trial was set to begin, and will allow the Grammy-winning star to avoid potentially embarrassing court testimony. Cardi B arrived at Queens Supreme Court to plead out wearing a form-fitting white dress and white heels.
"I'm feeling like I look good," she told reporters as she left the courthouse, according to Daily Mail. Her plea deal also came with the stipulation of supplying her DNA sample to the court and prohibits her from contacting the victims in the case for three years under any circumstances.
Cardi B today leaving Queens County Criminal Court in New York. 😍 pic.twitter.com/4nwZbkSSL0— UPDATES OF CARDI | MEDIA (@UCMEDlA) September 15, 2022
"Part of growing up and maturing is being accountable for your actions," she said in a statement following her court hearing. "As a mother, it's a practice that I am trying to instill in my children, but the example starts with me." She then added, "I've made some bad decisions in my past that I am not afraid to face and own up to. These moments don't define me and they are not reflective of who I am now. I'm looking forward to moving past this situation with my family and friends and getting back to the things I love the most, the music and my fans."
Police say Cardi B and her entourage argued with a bartender at Angels Strip Club in 2018. She allegedly told eight people, including Tawana Jackson-Morel and Jeffrey Bush, to assault sisters Baddie Gi and Jade. The sisters were working as bartenders at the strip club, and Cardi B allegedly believed Jade was having an affair with her husband, Offset. Cops say a fight broke out in which chairs, bottles, and hookah pipes were thrown, causing minor injuries to one of the two women and another employee. The performer had previously denied harming anyone.