Cardi B pleads not guilty to felony charges over strip club brawl

Cardi B arrives for her arraignment in Queens, New York, on June 25, 2019.
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The rapper faced a Queens judge on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to two upgraded charges, as well as to a handful of lesser charges that stemmed from her alleged involvement in an altercation at a strip club last August in New York.

Cardi B also said she’s not going to jail during her performance for the BET Experience weekend.

The charges stem from an August incident at Angels Strip Club in Flushing. Bartenders Rachel Wattley, 21, and Sarah Wattley, 23, allege that Cardi ordered her entourage to beat them up, claiming that one of the sisters was sleeping with her husband, Offset. Sources tell NBC that police have surveillance footage of Cardi chucking an ice bucket during the melee. She’s also accused of threatening them on Instagram and in person.

During a December court appearance, a judge issued an order of protection for the Wattley sisters, telling Cardi to “please be very careful” with social media.

It’s unclear why the charges have since been updated, and a spokesperson for the (interim, outgoing) Queens District Attorney did not respond to a request for comment. In addition to the two counts of felony assault, Cardi faces a slew of misdemeanors, including criminal solicitation, reckless endangerment, conspiracy and harassment.

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