QUEENS (PIX11) — Cardi B pleaded guilty on Thursday to assault in the third-degree and reckless endangerment in connection with a 2018 fight in a Queens strip club, District Attorney Melinda Katz’s Office confirmed.
She was sentenced to 15 days community service, officials said. Two full orders of protection were also issued for the two victims.
At the time of the October 2018 assault, police said Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, and her entourage were at Angels Strip Club. Cardi B argued with a bartender and a fight broke out. Chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown. Both the bartender and another employee were hurt.
“No one is above the law. In pleading guilty today, Ms. Belcalis Almanzar and two co-defendants have accepted responsibility for their actions,” Katz said. “This office is satisfied with the resolution, which includes appropriate community service.”
“The defendants in this case are accused of two premeditated attacks on two women working at a club in Queens last summer,” Acting District Attorney John Ryan said at the time. “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.”
Just days before her guilty plea, Cardi B visited her old Bronx middle school. The rapper donated $100,000 to the school.
“I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that I am not afraid to face and own up to,” said Cardi B, adding that she wanted to set a good example for her two children.
“These moments don’t define me and they are not reflective of who I am now,” she added. “I’m looking forward to moving past this situation with my family and friends and getting back to the things I love the most—the music and my fans.”
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.