A rainbow-tressed Cardi B appeared in Queens Criminal Court on Friday morning, narrowly avoiding a warrant for her arrest. "Am I this famous?" she reportedly said, with paparazzi documenting her arrival.
The platinum-selling rapper, whose given name is Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, had an arraignment appearance related to an incident at Angels Strip Club in Flushing in August. A pair of sisters who are bartenders, Baddie Gi and Jade (real names Rachel Wattley, 21, and Sarah Wattley, 23), claim that Cardi B ordered her entourage to beat them up. ("Surveillance video shows her picking up an ice bucket and throwing it at two sisters who were bartending, sources have told News 4.") According to TMZ, they also claim that Cardi B threatened them on Instagram and in person (she believed one of them slept with Offset, who she was still dating at the time.)
Prosecutors asked that Cardi B, who was charged with assault, be held on $2,500 bail, while her lawyer pointed out, "My client has no criminal record. You asked her to be here today and she is here. We would ask for no bail." Queens Criminal Court Judge Scott Dunn agreed and allowed Cardi B to be released on her own recognizance.
Judge Dunn did issue an order of protection for the Wattley sisters and told Cardi B to "please be very careful" with social media, pointing out that even virtual contact "will result in your arrest."
She also found out she was nominated for a Grammy while at court:
This is not How expected to find out I’m nominated for a Grammy 😩😩😂I need a do over 🤦🏽♀️🤦🏽♀️😩 pic.twitter.com/aCt5WH6ZwZ
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) December 7, 2018
Her next court date is scheduled for January 31st. Tonight, Cardi B will be at Madison Square Garden for Z-100's Jingle Ball. Last week she was at KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball with her now estranged husband Offset.