Yet another of President Donald Trump’s more outspoken haters has found herself in legal trouble, and it was entirely of her own doing.
Grand jury indictment
On Friday, a grand jury in New York returned 14 criminal charges against Cardi B, whose legal name is Belcalis Almanzar, which include assault, conspiracy, and harassment, among other offenses.
Those charges were related to an August 29 incident at the Angels Strip Club in which Cardi B and her entourage engaged in a brawl with bartenders, leading to the rapper’s arrest and two misdemeanor charges being lodged at that time.
Prosecutors initially offered Cardi B a plea deal that would have allowed her to avoid any jail time if she had accepted guilt on a single misdemeanor charge, but she rejected the proposed agreement.
Her attorney has argued that the rapper shouldn’t face any charges since she never actually harmed anyone in the incident.
A judge has granted an order of protection against the complainants in the case, and the rapper is reportedly due in court on August 9 on these new charges.
Strip club brawl
TMZ was the first to report on the August 29, 2018, incident and noted that the two felony counts were for attempted assault with intent to cause serious physical injury.
The brawl allegedly included members of Cardi B’s entourage throwing bottles and chairs at the two female bartenders — at the rapper’s order — causing them t0 suffer unspecified injuries during the melee.
The rest of the outstanding charges are misdemeanors that include such offenses as assault, criminal solicitation, conspiracy, harassment, and reckless endangerment.
Following Cardi B’s rejection of the offered plea deal, prosecutors conducted a more thorough investigation and obtained more evidence that was then presented to a grand jury.
Ms. Almanzar may soon wish she had accepted the initial plea deal that would have included no jail time and left just a single misdemeanor charge on her record, as she now faces a rather more serious consequences for her alleged actions if found guilty.