Cardi B was back in court Tuesday where she pleaded not guilty for her alleged role in an alleged New York strip club brawl, days after telling fans ‘I ain’t going to jail, I got a daughter’.
The Grammy-winning rapper performer from the Bronx, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, wore a blue and pink pant suit and carried a pink handbag as she was pictured heading into Queens County Supreme Court.
The mother-of-one, with her hair tinted blue, told the judge: ‘Not guilty sir, honor.’
The 26-year-old was hit with new felony charges Friday including two counts of felony attempted assault and various lesser charges, including harassment and reckless endangerment.
Police say Cardi B and her entourage argued with a bartender at Angels Strip Club.
She allegedly told eight people, including Tawana Jackson-Morel and Jeffrey Bush, to assault sisters Baddie Gi and Jade over accusations that they were having an affair with her husband, Offset.
Jackson-Morel and Bush also pleaded not guilty to Justice Joseph Zayas.
They say a fight broke out in which chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown, causing minor injuries to one of the women woman and another employee.
The performer had previously denied harming anyone.
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 at a Thursday night ceremony in Los Angeles.
She was also awarded Best Female Hip-Hop Artist and Album of The Year at the BET Awards on Sunday.
Her chart-topping hits include ‘I Like It’ and the Maroon 5 collaboration ‘Girls Like You.’
Acting District Attorney John Ryan said:
The defendants, in this case, are accused of two premeditated attacks on two women working at a club in Queens last summer.
The victims allegedly had glass bottles hurled at them, alcoholic drinks thrown in their faces and one woman’s head was slammed into the bar.
This kind of violence won’t be tolerated in our community. The defendants will be held accountable for their alleged actions.
The singer left the Queens court on Tuesday in a black SUV without commenting to the press. Her lawyer Jeff Kern, did not respond to a request for comment.