Cardi B pleads guilty and clears New York club brawl case

Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B has solved a years-old criminal case stemming from two fights at New York City strip clubs by pleading guilty Thursday in a deal that requires her to do 15 days of community service.

The WAP singer, 29, agreed to parole when her case was due to go to trial, saying in a statement: “Part of growing up and maturing is being held accountable for your actions.”

Cardi B, a New York native whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from the August 2018 fighting. Ten other charges, including two felonies, were dismissed. Two co-defendants also pleaded guilty.

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According to prosecutors, Cardi B and her entourage targeted employees at the Angels strip club in Flushing, Queens, over an apparent personal dispute.

One fight saw chairs, bottles and hookahs thrown as the group argued with a bartender. She and another employee were slightly injured.

“No one is above the law,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. “By pleading guilty today, Ms. Belcalis Almanzar and two co-defendants have accepted responsibility for their actions. This office is pleased with the decision, which includes appropriate community service.”

In 2019, Cardi B turned down a plea deal that would have gotten her a parole. Prosecutors then referred the case to a grand jury and obtained an indictment containing the two felony charges.

“I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that I’m not afraid to face and admit,” Cardi B said, adding that she wanted to set a good example for her two children.

“Those moments don’t define me and they don’t reflect who I am now,” she added.

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“I look forward to moving through this situation with my family and friends and getting back to the things I love most – music and my fans.”

Cardi B’s top hits include I Like It and the Maroon 5 collaboration Girls Like You.

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