Following a recent grand jury indictment, Cardi B has pled not guilty to several charges that originated from an alleged 2018 attack at a Queens, New York strip club. The 26-year-old hip-hop star, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, was arraigned in Queens County Criminal Court along with Tawana Jackson-Morel and Jeffrey Bush. All three are charged in a 12-count felony indictment on attempted assault, harassment, conspiracy and reckless endangerment.
The rapper appeared at a Queens courthouse in front of Judge Joseph Zayas, where the specifics of the dozen counts against her were detailed and she replied saying;
Not guilty sir, honor.
Cardi was arrested and released in October on two misdemeanours related to an Aug. 29 fight at Angels Strip Club in Queens, New York. The musician reportedly rejected a plea deal early on, but her charges were upgraded to felonies recently after prosecutors allegedly found new information in the case last month and presented it to a grand jury.
According to the Queens District Attorney’s Office, her next court date will not be set until September after Jackson-Morel and Bush return to court on September, 9. Cardi’s arraignment comes just days after the Bronx-born rapper won Album of the Year and Best Female Hip Hop Artist of the Year at Sunday’s BET Awards.
If convicted, Cardi faces up to four years in prison.
In the meantime, we will keep our eyes peeled for more information as the case unfolds. Stay with us for more updates.