Cardi B pleads guilty in Queens strip club brawl and avoids jail time

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NEW YORK (WABC) — Cardi B will avoid jail after pleading guilty to two misdemeanors for her role in a 2018 fight at a strip club in Flushing, Queens.

The Grammy Award-winning entertainer, real name Belcalis Almánzar, pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree assault and reckless endangerment, two misdemeanors.

The charges had been turned into felonies when she was charged in 2019, but on Wednesday she pleaded guilty to the original charges from the August 29, 2018 attack.

The 29-year-old musician accepted 15 days of community service. If she fails to complete community service, she will have to serve 15 days in jail.

The attack at the Angels Strip Club in Flushing stems from a long-running feud between Cardi B and two sister bartenders at the club.

Cardi B allegedly accused one of the women of having an affair with her husband, Offset, a member of rap trio Migos.

A fight broke out and Cardi B and others with her threw bottles, chairs and hookahs into the clash.

As part of the plea deal, she admitted in court that she orchestrated with her co-defendants to attack the sisters. She also admitted to exchanging direct messages on Instagram.

The rapper appeared in court with two co-defendants, Tawana Jackson-Morel and Jeffrey Bush, who also pleaded guilty in court on Thursday.

Bush, 35, charged with the actual assault, will serve six months behind bars.

All three agreed to stay away from the two female victims.

Cardi B released the following statement:

“Part of growing and maturing is being accountable for your actions. As a mother, this is a practice I try to instill in my children, but the example starts with me. I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that I’m not afraid to face and own up to. Those moments don’t define me and they don’t reflect who I am now. I look forward to working through this with my family. and my friends and getting back to the things I love the most – music and my fans.”

Lawyer Drew Findling said in court that Cardi accepted the last-minute call because she had “moved on to another part of her life” and “a three-week jury trial would be a distraction from the things that she is doing.” ‘she considered the most important’.

He said that for her, 15 days of community service is no different from the community service she has done for the past few years, ticking past examples.

“As soon as she does that community service, which obviously will be consistent with the community service she does anyway, that will be the end of it,” he said.

Another attorney, Jeff Kern, said community service would be done in Queens and hinted it would involve children.

“The idea is that she’s going to do something that plays to her strengths, in terms of reaching people, especially young people,” Kern said. “Positive messages about education, about staying on track.”

Ahead of Thursday morning’s plea, jury selection was scheduled to begin on Friday and Cardi’s trial would have started on Monday.

“No one is above the law,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “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.”

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