American rapper and songwriter Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar aka Cardi B has been sentenced to 15- day of community service after she pleaded guilty to assault charges levelled against her.
The 29-year-old was involved in a brawl at Angels Strip Club in New York in 2018.
According to a New York Post report, published on Thursday (Sept. 15), Cardi B pleaded guilty to assault in the third degree and reckless endangerment in the second degree in Queens Superior Court in Queens, N.Y.
Queens Supreme Court Justice Michelle Johnson also sentenced Bardi to 15 days of community service. If the Bronx, N.Y. rapper doesn’t complete her service, she would have to serve 15 days in jail. The 2019 Grammy Award-winning artist was also placed on a three-year order of protection for the two victims.
The initial indictment against Cardi included 12 charges, two of them being felonies. Ten of the remaining charges were dismissed.
Cardi B allegedly threw a hookah and champagne bottles at two bartenders during the incident and reportedly ordered people she was with to assault the women at Queens strip club Angels Gentlemen’s Club and Restaurant in 2018.
When Judge Johnson asked Bardi if she understood the terms of her plea agreement, she reportedly answered very quietly, “Yes.”
Two co-defendants in the case also pleaded guilty for their roles in the incident. All three agreed to stay away from the two female victims.
In a statement, Cardi B wrote:
“Part of growing up and maturing is being accountable for your actions. As a mother, it’s a practice that I am trying to instill in my children, but the example starts with me. I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that I am not afraid to face and own up to. These moments don’t define me and they are not reflective of who I am now. I’m looking forward to moving past this situation with my family and friends and getting back to the things I love the most – the music and my fans.”
The original indictment included 12 charges, including two felonies. The charges stem from Cardi’s involvement in a brawl at Angels Strip Club on Aug. 29, 2018. Prosecutors accused the 29-year-old rhymer of throwing bottles and chairs at two bartenders, Rachel Wattley (aka Baddie GI) and Sarah Wattley (aka Jade), after rumors spread that Sarah had been sexually involved with the rapper’s husband, Offset. Both women alleged that Cardi tossed at least one champagne bottle at them during the altercation.
Cardi B’s team and attorney were reached out to for comment.
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) September 15, 2022