Cardi B Pleads Guilty in Strip Club Fights

Deal calls for 15 days of community service
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 15, 2022 6:00 PM CDT
Cardi B Pleads Guilty in Strip Club Fights
Cardi B, shown with an award last November, pleaded guilty Thursday.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B resolved a yearslong criminal case stemming from a pair of brawls at New York City strip clubs by pleading guilty Thursday in a deal that requires her to perform 15 days of community service. The 29-year-old "WAP" singer agreed to a conditional discharge just as her case was about to go to trial, the AP reports, saying in a statement: "Part of growing up and maturing is being accountable for your actions." Cardi B, a New York City native whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from the August 2018 fights.

Ten other counts, including two felonies, were dismissed. Two co-defendants also pleaded guilty. According to prosecutors, Cardi B and her entourage were targeting employees of Angels Strip Club in Flushing, Queens, over an apparent personal dispute. In one fight, chairs, bottles, and hookah pipes were thrown as the group argued with a bartender. She and another employee had minor injuries. "No one is above the law," Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. "In pleading guilty today, Ms. Belcalis Almanzar and two co-defendants have accepted responsibility for their actions. This Office is satisfied with the resolution."

In 2019, Cardi B rejected a plea deal that would have given her a conditional discharge. Prosecutors then presented the case to a grand jury and obtained an indictment that included the two felony charges, per the AP. "I've made some bad decisions in my past that I am not afraid to face and own up to," said Cardi B, adding that she wanted to set a good example for her two children. "These moments don’t define me, and they are not reflective of who I am now."

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