Cardi B strip club fracas

Cardi B arrives at Queens Criminal Court, Friday, May 31, 2019, in New York. Police say Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, and her entourage were at a nightclub last fall when she argued with a bartender. They say a fight broke out in which chairs, bottles and hookah pipes were thrown, slightly injuring the woman and another employee. She has been charged with misdemeanor reckless endangerment and assault. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK — Cardi B, the rapper from the Bronx who vaulted up the charts as the doyenne of “money moves,” was indicted Friday on felony charges connected to a fight at a New York strip club last year.

The Queens district attorney’s office would not comment on the charges against Cardi B, who was born Belcalis Almanzar, saying that the charges would not be revealed until Cardi B’s arraignment.

But online court records showed that the rapper faced several charges in the case, including two counts of felony attempted assault.

Cardi B’s lawyer, Jeffrey Kern, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The arraignment hearing is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, according to prosecutors.

The attack at the Angels Strip Club in the Flushing neighborhood in August grew out of a long-simmering feud between Cardi B and two sisters who are bartenders at the club.

Cardi B reportedly accused one of the women of having an affair with her husband, Offset, a member of the rap trio Migos.

The police said that a fight broke out and that Cardi B and others with her threw bottles, chairs and hookah pipes in the clash.

Cardi B was initially charged with misdemeanor assault and two counts of reckless endangerment in October. She had no previous arrests in New York, the police said.

At the time, Kern told a gaggle of reporters that he was not aware of any evidence that Cardi B harmed anybody.

With the release of her song “Bodak Yellow,” which climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 2017, Cardi B quickly became one of the hottest rappers in pop and hip-hop.

Last year, she again topped the chart with her single “I Like It,” in which she collaborated with two of the biggest stars in Latin pop music, J Balvin and Bad Bunny. She was also featured on Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You,” which also jumped to the No. 1 spot on the chart last year.

Her debut studio album, “Invasion of Privacy,” was praised by critics and won best rap album at the Grammy Awards in February, making Cardi B the first woman to win the category as a solo artist.

Her latest single, “Press,” is currently at 47 on the Hot 100 chart. The cover art for the single, in which Cardi B defiantly insists she “don’t need more press,” depicts her naked and being escorted out of a courtroom as men with cameras capture the scene.

On Thursday, the day before she was indicted, Cardi B received the songwriter of the year award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Before starting her musical career, Cardi B worked as a stripper and developed a following on Instagram, where she cut an acerbic figure as she delivered witty observations and plain-spoken observations.

Several of her videos went viral, and her growing fan base led her to a stint on the VH1 reality series “Love & Hip Hop: New York.” — (The New York Times)

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