Cardi B in New York court over Queens strip club brawl

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US rap­per Cardi B ap­peared Fri­day in a New York crim­i­nal court, where she was served with two pro­tec­tion or­ders and warned against mak­ing threat­en­ing re­marks on so­cial me­dia fol­low­ing a strip club brawl. The 26-year-old­dressed in a belted black coat with a fur col­lar and a wide-brimmed beige hat, with rain­bow-col­ored hair and sil­ver sparkly nail ex­ten­sions-was in court as she re­ceived five Grammy nom­i­na­tions.

Her five-minute ap­pear­ance in the Queens court­room came four days af­ter she failed to turn up as re­quested on Mon­day, lead­ing pros­e­cu­tors to de­mand a $2,500 bail. But the judge deemed that un­nec­es­sary, say­ing she was not a flight risk. The star, whose real name is Bel­calis Al­man­zar, was or­dered to re­frain from any con­tact with two al­leged vic­tims, which the judge said in­cluded not mak­ing any re­marks on so­cial me­dia that could be deemed threat­en­ing.

She stood word­lessly with her hands clasped be­hind her back, be­fore ex­it­ing with her lawyer through a throng of tele­vi­sion cam­eras and pho­tog­ra­phers wait­ing out­side and get­ting into a ve­hi­cle. On Au­gust 29, Cardi B was in the An­gels Strip Club in Queens when her group re­port­edly lobbed bot­tles, chairs and a hookah smok­ing de­vice, which po­lice said bruised a fe­male em­ployee in the legs. On Fri­day, the singer waited more than half an hour in the base­ment ar­raign­ment court­room, seated in the pub­lic gallery while six other de­fen­dants ap­peared be­fore her.

In Oc­to­ber, po­lice charged her with one count of as­sault and two counts of reck­less en­dan­ger­ment over the in­ci­dent. US me­dia re­ports say she al­legedly or­dered an at­tack on two sis­ters work­ing at the club be­cause one of them slept with her hus­band, the rap­per Off­set. She an­nounced this week that the cou­ple had sep­a­rated. They se­cretly mar­ried in Septem­ber 2017 and share a daugh­ter, Kul­ture, born in July.

Cardi B has turned into one of the big­gest new stars in US mu­sic since the ru­n­away suc­cess last year of her song “Bo­dak Yel­low,” which touches on her for­mer life mak­ing ends meet as a strip­per. She was also in­volved in a fra­cas with fel­low rap­per Nicki Minaj at New York Fash­ion Week in Septem­ber, later tak­ing to In­sta­gram to say that the older Minaj had ques­tioned her par­ent­ing skills. At the Gram­mys in Fe­bru­ary, Cardi B will vie for two of the most pres­ti­gious awards-Al­bum and Record of the Year.—AFP

Rap­per Cardi B, left, whose real name is Bel­calis Al­man­zar, leaves at Queens County Crim­i­nal Court to face charges stem­ming from a strip club fight in Queens. — AFP

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