Cardi B pleads not guilty to strip club assault

The rapper is accused of ordering attacks on two bartenders, one of whom she accused of sleeping with her husband

Cardi B has pleaded not guilty to assault following two altercations at a New York strip club in August 2018. The rapper, born Belcalis Almanzar, turned herself in to police in October following the alleged assaults on two bartenders at the Angels Gentleman’s Club in Queens, New York.

The bartenders, who are also sisters, claim that Cardi and her entourage threw bottles and alcohol at them, and that one woman’s head was slammed into the bar. Cardi allegedly accused one of the women of sleeping with her husband, the rapper Offset, of Atlanta trio Migos.

Cardi B and associates Tawana “RemyRojaLaPerla” Jackson-Morel and Jeffrey “AstonMartinChuck” Bush have each been charged with 12 crimes, including assault, harassment and conspiracy. Jackson-Morel and Bush have also pleaded not guilty.

Queens County acting district attorney John Ryan said that Cardi B and Jackson-Morel co-ordinated attacks on 15 and 29 August 2018 over social media, and allegedly discussed a financial exchange for carrying them out.

In April, Cardi B rejected a plea deal that would have given her a conditional discharge, avoiding a prison sentence unless she committed a further offence. The defendants are likely to return to court in September. If convicted they face up to four years in prison.

Drew Findling, lawyer for Cardi B, said he was confident of a “favourable outcome”. Performing in Los Angeles last week, Cardi B told the crowd: “I ain’t going to jail.”

The rapper appeared in court days after winning best album and best female artist at this year’s BET awards. She will appear on Ed Sheeran’s forthcoming album, No 6 Collaborations Project, released on 5 July.

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Laura Snapes

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