Cardi B pleads not guilty to strip club fight charges
Cardi B was arraigned Tuesday on new felony charges in connection with a fight last year at a New York City strip club.
“Not guilty, sir, honour,” said the 26-year-old rapper dressed in a dark blue and light pink pantsuit with her hair tinted blue as she pleaded in state court to two counts of attempted assault and other misdemeanour charges, including harassment, criminal solicitation, conspiracy and reckless endangerment.
The Bodak Yellow rapper was charged Friday with new felony charges stemming from a fight at a strip club last August, according to the Associated Press.
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Cardi B was arrested late last year and had been facing misdemeanour reckless endangerment and assault charges after allegedly attacking a pair of sisters who bartend at Angels Strip Club on Aug. 29, 2018.
She rejected a plea deal last April to third-degree assault, which would have allowed her to avoid jail time.
Two other defendants in the case who allegedly participated in the brawl also pleaded not guilty Tuesday to similar charges.
Police say Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, and her entourage were at the club when she argued with a bartender.
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They say a fight broke out in which chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown, slightly injuring the woman and another employee.
Cardi B had reportedly suspected one of the sisters was having an affair with her husband, Offset.
Her lawyer has said she didn’t harm anybody, but a judge granted an order of protection for the complainants in the case.
Prosecutors told a judge last month that “further investigation necessitated” her case to be presented to a grand jury.
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Cardi B told the judge she would not be testifying before the grand jury.
The judge set Sept. 9 as the next court date, but the rapper does not have to appear.
—With files from the Associated PressFollow @KatieScottNews
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