grammy winning rapperA year-long criminal case stemming from a pair of brawls at New York City strip clubs settled Thursday by pleading guilty to a deal that requires him to perform 15 days of community service.
The “WAP” singer, 29, said in a statement: “Part of growing up and maturing is being accountable for your actions.”
Cardi B, Awhose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from an August 2018 feud. Ten other cases, including two felonies, were dismissed. Two co-defendants also pleaded guilty.
According to prosecutors, Cardi B and her crew were targeting employees of the Angels Strip Club in Flushing, Queens, over an apparent personal dispute.
In a fight, chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown as the group argued with the bartender. He and another employee suffered minor injuries.
“No one is above the law,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. “By pleading guilty today, Ms. Belkliss Almanzer and two co-defendants have accepted responsibility for their actions. This office is satisfied with the resolution, which includes appropriate community service.”
In 2019, Cardi B struck down a plea deal that would have given her a conditional discharge. Prosecutors then presented the case to a grand jury and received an indictment that included two felony charges.
Cardi B said, “I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that I’m not afraid to face and fend for myself.” She added that she wanted to set a good example for her two children.
“These moments don’t define me and they don’t reflect who I am now,” he said. “I look forward to moving on from this situation with my family and friends and going back to the things I love most – music and my fans.”
Cardi B’s chart-topping hits include “I Like It” and the Maroon 5 collaboration “Girls Like You.”