Cardi B Turns Herself In to Face Charges in Strip Club Brawl
[UPDATE: Cardi was officially arrested and charged with two misdemeanors -- assault and reckless endangerment -- according to the NYPD, and had her mugshot and fingerprints taken. She is scheduled for arraignment on Oct. 29.]
Cardi B and eight members of her entourage turned themselves in to New York Police on Monday morning (Oct. 1) to face reckless endangerment charges stemming from an alleged chair-throwing brawl at a strip club last month.
A spokesperson for the NYPD tells Billboard that the 25-year-old rapper (born Belcalis Almanzar) was wanted for the charge in connection with an alleged Aug. 29 incident at Angels Strip Club in Flushing, Queens.
The spokesperson said that police are investigating the "Bodak Yellow" rapper's involvement in a 3 a.m. incident -- which also involved the eight other unnamed individuals who turned themselves in on Monday morning -- that involved the nine suspects allegedly throwing chairs and bottles at two bartenders at the club. Cardi, accompanied by her lawyer, turned herself in at 10 a.m. At press time, she was still being processed.
It was unclear at press time what, if any, charges, Cardi might face; the police source said neither of the victims were seriously injured in the incident. ABC News reported that Cardi is expected to face misdemeanor charges and receive a desk-appearance ticket. TMZ has identified the alleged victims as bartender sisters Jade and Baddie Gi (real names: Rachel and Sarah Wattley), who were working at the club the night of the brawl; Migos performed at Angels on Aug. 29. A spokesperson for Cardi B could not be reached for comment at press time.
Joseph Tacopina, the attorney for the alleged victims, provided a statement to Billboard about Cardi's charging in the case. "Cardi B ordered and committed violent assaults against my clients, and is being called to justice for her crimes. Apparently, she thinks her celebrity status puts her above the law, since she has bragged to multiple people and on social media that she orchestrated these vicious attacks. But reality is setting in, as justice does not care whether her name is Cardi B or Carly B, and she will now answer for her crimes."