Cardi B, whose legal name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, appeared in court on September 15 to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges for her involvement in a 2018 fight that broke out in a New York City strip club. While the Grammy Award-winning rapper was not the only member of her entourage physically involved, she was accused of participating in a fight (and encouraging an acquaintance to participate) against two bartenders. According to the New York Times, the “WAP” rapper thought one of the bartenders was romantically involved with her husband, Offset.
Joseph Tacopina, the lawyer representing the bar employees, accused Cardi B of deliberately orchestrating the attack, according to the New York Times. In April 2019, the rapper rejected a plea deal that has kept her out of jail, according to NBC News.
However, Cardi B changed her mind just days before her case was due to go to trial. And though the past few months have left Cardi B’s future a bit uncertain, things are certainly looking up for her now.
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A confession of guilt is not usually a reason to celebrate. But Cardi B’s confession, which involved admitting to paying her friend $5,000 to attack the bartenders, according to News.com, helped her avoid a possible jail sentence, according to TMZ. In a statement to the publication, the rapper took responsibility for her actions and shared a more positive outlook on her future. “Part of growing up and maturing is being accountable for your actions,” wrote the rapper. “As a mother, it’s a practice that I am trying to instill in my children, but the example starts with me. I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that I am not afraid to face and own up to.” She added that “these moments” are not necessarily “reflective, and that she is ready to return to music and her fans.
On the back of this victory, Cardi B, still impeccably dressed in an all-white ensemble set against fiery red hair, stopped by the San Gennaro festival and celebrated her legal victory with sausages and peppers and a diet soda, according to The Daily Mail.