Cardi B, clad head-to-toe in fur on this frigid day, appeared in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday morning regarding a brawl at Angels, a Flushing strip club, last August.
Video footage allegedly showed the rapper, whose name is Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, throwing an ice bucket and chairs at two sisters, Rachel and Sarah Wattley, who were bartending at the club. According to TMZ, Almanzar suspected that one of the sisters had slept with Offset, her estranged husband (though the two may reportedly be back together now).
Following the incident, Almanzar was charged with two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment as well a misdemeanor count of assault. Early last month, Queens Criminal Court Judge Scott Dunn warned Almanzar to not contact the two sisters, even online. (At that same court appearance, Almanzar learned that she'd been nominated for a Grammy).
Outside the courthouse, Almanzar was asked about the rumors floating around that she was back with Offset. "We're working things out, baby," she replies, while adjusting her glasses.
@iamcardib walking out of #Queens court today. Says “we’re working things out” when asked about #offset @OffsetYRN #cardib #nbc4ny Kinda bummed I didn’t hear an “Okurr!”🤷🏻♀️ pic.twitter.com/TOTsdH7vBV
— Rana Novini (@Rana4NY) January 31, 2019
Almanzar has been embroiled in another legal issue this week: A man named Giovanni Arnold is suing her and Offset, claiming that after he asked them for an autograph during a Met Gala afterparty, they gave three men the go-ahead to commit “savage assault” on him. Earlier this week, Almanzar filed a response to the suit in a New York State court, requesting that the judge dismiss the complaint. She wrote that if he did sustain "any damages as alleged in the complaint," said damages were the responsibility of her management company, Quality Control Management, as well as the Mark Hotel, reports Pitchfork. And Arnold's lawsuit may have prompted the singer to file a counter-suit against... Quality Management, as The Blast reports, which she has denied in a now-deleted Instagram post.
She is also in demand as a political speaker, after her viral video criticizing the government shutdown. Stephen Colbert posed a petition on Twitter for Cardi B to give the State of the Union rebuttal. This morning, Cardi B asked her followers to weigh in on whether or not she should speak at a Democratic reception of her choice in Des Moines, Iowa, later this year.