Cardi B pleads guilty to two offenses in 2018 strip club attack


Four years after being charged with assault as a result of a couple of strip club fights, Cardi B, Bronx rapper and pop star born Belcalis Almanzar, pleaded guilty to two offenses in a Queens court on Thursday.

Ms. Almanzar, 29, admitted to orchestrating and participating in the attacks on two Angels employees in Vlissingen after offering $5,000 to an employee via Instagram to help her and others confront the couple. Authorities said at the time that the victims, who are sisters, were romantic rivals who may have been involved with Ms. Almanzar’s husband, the rapper Offset.

With the trial set to begin Thursday, prosecutors said in court they had struck a deal with the musician and two co-defendants. Ms. Almanzar agreed to resign on condition of 15 days of community service, as well as a three-year protection measure for the victims.

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“Part of growing up and becoming an adult is being accountable for your actions,” Ms Almanzar said in a statement sent by a representative after the hearing. “As a mother, I try to instill a habit in my children, but the example starts with me.”

She added: “I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that I’m not afraid to face and acknowledge. These moments do not define me and do not reflect who I am now. I look forward to getting out of this situation with my family and friends and going back to the things I love most: the music and my fans.”

As part of her plea, which involved a count of third-degree assault and a count of second-degree reckless endangerment, the rapper had to confirm details of the fighting, which she did quietly.

Prosecutors said Ms Almanzar arrived at the club after 3 a.m. on two separate evenings in August 2018 with others in tow. On one occasion, the group punched the victim, a bartender, by the hair, punched her and slammed her head against the bar. Two weeks later, they returned and threw alcohol and bottles at the first victim’s sister, another bartender.

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The original charges in the case included a total of two felonies and 12 charges, including harassment, criminal solicitation and conspiracy; the other 10 counts were rejected on Thursday.

A red-haired Ms. Almanzar, dressed in a cream Proenza Schouler dress and red Louboutin high heels, was joined in court by multiple attorneys, including Drew Findling, a prominent figure in hip-hop circles who also defends former President Donald J. Trump in a criminal investigation into election meddling in Georgia.

Mr Findling, known to his many rapper clients as the #BillionDollarLawyer, said on the steps of the courthouse after the plea deal that the resolution allowed Ms Almanzar to move forward.

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“We’re talking happily married life with two beautiful children,” he said, also pointing to her charitable giving and commercial success. “There are too many things she has planned for her family, for her career and for the community. She just honestly felt that a three-week jury trial would be a distraction.

As for her take on his recent partnership with former President Trump, Mr. Findling said the rapper, a vocal Democrat, was one of the first calls he received after the news broke. “She supports everything I do,” he says.

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