Grammy Award-winning rapper Cardi B was back in court Tuesday over felony charges stemming from an alleged fight at a New York City strip club.
The 26-year-old “Bodak Yellow” singer, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, entered a “not guilty” plea at the New York Supreme Court in Queens – she previously rejected a plea deal.
Clad in a navy and pink pantsuit with a matching pink handbag, a purple-haired Cardi B was ushered into the courthouse by her lawyer and bodyguards.
“Not guilty sir, honour,” she told the judge in response to the 12 charges against her including two felony counts of intent to cause serious physical injury. Her other charges include misdemeanor reckless endangerment, assault, criminal solicitation, conspiracy and harassment.
The charges against her relate to an October 2018 incident at the Angels Gentleman’s Club in the borough of Queens. A complaint was made alleging she was involved in an altercation between two female bartenders who claim she attacked them with bottles and chairs. She turned herself into police after the complaint was made and denies all involvement.
There is no date scheduled for Cardi B’s next court appearance.
During a concert on Saturday, Cardi was captured on camera addressing the legal drama. “F*** you mean? I ain’t going to jail, I got a daughter!” she told the crowd. On Sunday, she wowed audiences with her performances at the BET Awards where she also picked up two wins for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Album of the Year.