Fresh from winning Album of the Year and Best Female Hip Hop Artist of the Year at Sunday night’s BET Awards, Cardi B faced a Queens, NY judge on Tuesday on charges stemming from a fight in a strip club last summer.
Cardi was arraigned on an 11-count indictment. The two top charges are for second-degree attempted assault, which are felonies.
“Not guilty, sir, honor,” Cardi told the judge, leaning into the microphone. She wore a navy blue pants suit with powder pink lapels and matching nail polish.
Cardi B. and her alleged co-defendants, Tawana Jackson-Morel and Jeffrey Bush, were previously charged with misdemeanor assault for allegedly throwing glass bottles at two bartenders inside a Queens strip club on August 28, 2018.
Cardi B., Jackson-Morel and Bush each entered not guilty pleas to Queens Supreme Court Justice Joseph Zayas.
The “Press” artist allegedly ordered eight people, including Bush and Jackson-Morel, to assault the two women because she believed they were having an affair with her husband, Offset.
After turning down a no-jail plea bargain earlier this year, Queens prosecutors put the case in front of a grand jury, which upgraded the top charges against Cardi B. and the others to felonies.
They each face up to four years in prison for each attempted assault charge.
Jackson-Morel and Bush must appear in court next on September 9; Cardi will be excused.
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