Cardi B’s bodyguard allegedly punches autograph-seeker

MANHATTAN — Cardi B’s security team allegedly attacked a man looking for the rapper’s autograph outside a swanky Manhttan hotel Monday night following the star-studded Met Gala, police said.

It was about 2:15 a.m. outside the Mark Hotel when a man approached Cardi B, whose birth name is Belcalis Almanzar, asking for her autograph. She said no, but the man continued to move closer to her and harass her, police said.

That’s when Cardi’s bodyguard pushed and punched the man, police said. Another man kicked the autograph-seeker while he was on the ground.

At least three men were involved in the attack, NYPD Chief of Crime Control Strategies Dermot Shea said.

The autograph-seeker was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

No arrests have been made, police said.

Video was captured of the encounter and obtained by TMZ. Shea said that investigators are reviewing that footage and interviewing all parties involved, including the rapper’s entourage and witnesses.

An attorney for the autograph seeker released this statement, saying his client was the victim of an “unjustified ambush”:

“This was an unjustified ambush by rabid members of Offset and Cardi B.’s entourage. Our client was beaten to a pulp for requesting an autograph. Our client was held in the hospital overnight for observation. The videos clearly show this was not an act of self defense. The assailants fled the scene to avoid being arrested for their savage attack. There is no doubt in my mind the NYPD will be able to track these criminals down and bring them to justice. No fan should ever be treated in this manner and words never justify violence.”

Earlier in the night, Cardi B attended the Met Gala, the annual fundraising fete in New York that brings out Hollywood’s elite for an evening of fashion and charity and to celebrate the spring exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute — this year, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

Cardi B showed off her baby bump in a pearl-drenched gown and headdress.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.