Cardi B pleads guilty to fighting at a strip club and gets a light sentence

Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B solved a years-long criminal case stemming from two fights at New York strip clubs by pleading guilty on Thursday to a deal that requires him to perform 15 days of community service.

The 29-year-old “WAP” singer accepted parole just as her case was about to go to trial, saying in a statement, “Part of growing and maturing is being responsible. of your actions.”

Cardi B, a New York native whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and reckless endangerment, two misdemeanors, stemming from the August 2018 fights. Ten other counts, including two crimes, were dismissed. Two co-defendants also pleaded guilty.

Cardi B appears in Queens County Criminal Court in New York on Thursday.
Cardi B appears in Queens County Criminal Court in New York on Thursday.

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Prosecutors say Cardi B and her entourage targeted employees of the Angels Strip Club in Flushing, Queens, over an apparent personal conflict.

During a fight, chairs, bottles and hookahs were thrown around as the group argued with a bartender. She and another employee were slightly injured.

“No one is above the law,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. “By pleading guilty today, Ms. Belcalis Almanzar and two co-defendants have accepted responsibility for their actions. This office is pleased with the resolution, which includes appropriate community service.

In 2019, Cardi B rejected a plea deal that would have landed her on parole. Prosecutors then presented the case to a grand jury and obtained an indictment including both counts.

“I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that I’m not afraid to face and own up to,” Cardi B said, adding that she wanted to set a good example for her two children.

“These moments don’t define me and they don’t reflect who I am now,” she added. “I can’t wait to get over this with my family and friends and get back to the things I love the most: music and my fans.”

Cardi B’s chart-topping hits include “I Like It” and Maroon 5’s collab “Girls Like You.”