Cardi B Charged With 2 Felony Counts of Attempted Assault Tied to 2018 Strip Club Brawl

Police: Chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown

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Rapper Cardi B was indicted on two felony counts of attempted assault Friday in New York state court, along with several other lesser charges including harassment and reckless endangerment, according to the Associated Press.

The charges stem from an August 2018 brawl that took place at Angels Strip Club in Queens. According to the AP, police said the “Press” rapper and her entourage argued with a female bartender and that a fight broke out wherein chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown, causing minor injuries to the bartender and another employee. TMZ reported that two bartenders said Cardi had a long-standing feud with one of them because the rapper believed the bartender had slept with Cardi B’s husband, rapper Offset.

Reps for Cardi B and the Queens District Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar,  is scheduled to appear in Queens on Tuesday for an arraignment, prosectors told the AP.

NBC reported that she was also caught on video throwing an ice bucket at the women.

TheWrap previously reported that Cardi B turned herself in, along with nine other suspects, at the 109th Precinct in Queens on Oct. 1. She was not arrested at the time.

According to the AP, Cardi B had originally been charged with only misdemeanors, but prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury after she turned down a plea deal.

On Thursday night, Cardi B was awarded Songwriter of the Year award at the 32nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. She is scheduled to perform at the 2019 BET Awards Sunday, where she is nominated for Best Female Hip Hop Artist and in four other categories.

The rapper made her name on VH1’s “Love & Hip-Hop,” before her debut album, “Invasion of Privacy,” which won her the 2019 Grammy award for Best Rap Album.