Cardi B Hit With Felony Counts

Charges stem from a brawl at a strip club
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 21, 2019 4:05 PM CDT
New Felony Charges Hit Cardi B Over Strip Club Brawl
Cardi B had rejected a plea deal in the case.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FIle)

Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B was hit Friday with new felony charges in a fight last year at a New York City strip club. An indictment filed in state court charges Cardi B with two counts of felony attempted assault and various lesser charges, the AP reports, including harassment and reckless endangerment. Prosecutors said she's to appear Tuesday at an arraignment in Queens. The performer, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, previously has denied harming anyone. A message seeking comment was left with her lawyer Friday.

The 26-year-old Cardi B and her entourage argued with a bartender at Angels Strip Club, police have said. They say a fight broke out in which chairs, bottles, and hookah pipes were thrown, causing minor injuries to the woman and another employee. Cardi B had originally only been charged with misdemeanors. Prosecutors presented the case to a grand jury after she rejected a plea deal that would have given her a conditional discharge. The more serious charges came to light after she was named songwriter of the year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers on Thursday night in Los Angeles. She's scheduled to perform Sunday at the BET Awards, where she's nominated for Best Female Hip Hop Artist.

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