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Cardi B Seen Throwing Ice Bucket at Strip Club Bartenders in Fracas Sparked by Affair Suspicions: Sources

A romantic dispute apparently sparked the attack inside the strip club in Queens, sources say

What to Know

  • Rapper Cardi B surrendered to the NYPD in connection with an August fight at a strip club in Queens
  • She was issued a misdemeanor summons; her attorney confirmed that, but declined to give details about the misdemeanor involved
  • It's the second time in less than a month the "Bodak Yellow" singer has been in the news for fighting; the last one involved Nicki Minaj

Surveillance video shows rapper Cardi B picking up an ice bucket and throwing it at two women working at a Queens strip club during the wild melee that led to the Bronx star's arrest Monday, sources tell News 4. 

Cardi B left an NYPD precinct Monday with a misdemeanor summons in connection with the Aug. 29 fight at Angels Strip Club, during which bartenders were allegedly hit with debris during a chair-flinging, bottle-throwing brouhaha.

Born Belcalis Almanzar, and a former stripper herself, Cardi B was at the club in College Point because her husband Offset was performing with his hip hop trio Migos, according to police. She and her entourage got into an argument around 3 a.m. that Saturday with two sisters who were bartending, according to a source directly connected to the two alleged victims. 

Cardi B apparently suspected one of the sisters was having an affair with Offset, and had confronted the women, ages 21 and 23, in Atlanta on June 29, the sources said. 

Threats on social media escalated, and unidentified people allegedly told the victims, "She's going to send someone to f--- you up," the source told News 4's I-Team. On Aug. 15, the 21-year-old sister was allegedly attacked while working at Angels Club, and then attacked again alongside her sister two weeks later, on Aug. 29. In that incident, chairs, bottles and hookah waters pipes were thrown, police and the source said.

The source said the 21-year-old woman identified a man present in both attacks, seen in photos and surveillance video. The NYPD is reviewing video from both fights.

A source who has seen the surveillance video claimed Cardi B picked up an ice bucket and threw it at the sisters.

Police say the rapper and about nine other people in her party fled, but she later agreed to turn herself in after being identified by one of the bartenders.

Her attorney, Jeff Kern, said after she was issued a summons Monday that he was "aware of no evidence that she caused anybody any harm."

The two club employees are being represented by Joe Tacopina, who alleged Monday that "Cardi B ordered and committed violent assaults against my clients, and is being called to justice for her crimes." 

"Apparently, she thinks her celebrity status puts her above the law, since she has bragged to multiple people and on social media that she orchestrated these vicious attacks," Tacopina's statement said. "But reality is setting in, as justice does not care whether her name is Cardi B or Carly B, and she will now answer for her crimes."

Cardi B, singer of hits like "Bodak Yellow" and "Bartier Cardi," last performed at the Global Citizen Festival over the weekend. In an Instagram post from Sunday, the rapper refers to herself in all capitals as the "most hated b---h on the planet." It's not clear if that was connected to the strip club case.

Angels Strip Club also made the news in a separate case Monday when a fight that allegedly started inside the club led to a deadly road confrontation in front of the College Point Multiplex Cinemas, with a man being shot dead in front of his girlfriend, police say. 

She was in the news for fighting less than a month ago; in that case, Cardi B was escorted from a New York Fashion Week party following a scuffle with fellow New York rapper Nicki Minaj. 

Cardi B, a new parent, took to Instagram after that fight and suggested she was angry because her mothering skills had been questioned. 

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