Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B settled a yearlong criminal case stemming from two fights at New York strip clubs by pleading guilty Thursday in a deal that required her to do days of fifteen for community service.
The 29-year-old “WAP” rapper agreed to parole as long as his case was about to go to trial, he said in a statement, “Part of growing up and maturing is being responsible for your actions.” .”
Cardi B, a New York native whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, pleaded guilty to two counts of crimes stemming from the fights in August 2018. Ten other charges, including two counts of crime, removed. Two co-defendants also pleaded guilty.
According to prosecutors, Cardi B and her crew targeted employees at Angels Strip Club in Flushing, Queens, over an apparent personal dispute.
In the scuffle, chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown overhead as the group argued with the bartender. He and another employee suffered minor injuries.
“No one is above the law,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in a statement. “By pleading guilty today, Ms. Belcalis Almanzar and her two co-defendants have accepted responsibility for their actions. This office is pleased with the verdict, which includes appropriate community service.”
In 2019, Cardi B turned down a plea deal that would have granted her conditional release. Prosecutors then presented the case to a grand jury and obtained an indictment that included both felony counts.
“I’ve made bad decisions in the past that I’m not afraid to face and admit,” Cardi B said, adding that she wanted to set a good example for her two children.
“These moments don’t define me and they don’t reflect who I am now,” she added. “I’m looking forward to getting through this with my family and friends and getting back to the things I love most – music and my fans.”
Cardi B’s chart-topping songs include “I Like It” and the Maroon 5 collaboration “Girls Like You.”