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Rapper Cardi B Hit With Misdemeanor Summons in NYC Strip Club Fight, Waves to Fans on Way Out of Precinct

She headed into a Queens precinct Monday morning shielded by two umbrellas, but waved to fans on her way out

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

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Rapper Cardi B left an NYPD precinct Monday with a misdemeanor summons in connection with an August fight at a Queens strip club in which bartenders were allegedly hit with debris during a chair-flinging, bottle-throwing brouhaha.

Her attorney, Jeff Kern, did not specify the misdemeanor charge in the summons but said he was "aware of no evidence that she caused anybody any harm." The Bronx-born megastar, a former stripper before her breakout success, waved to fans on her way out of the Flushing precinct. 

Earlier, she refused to acknowledge the crowd as she surrendered -- her face shielded by several umbrellas she got out of a black SUV.

According to TMZ, Cardi B had been at Angels Strip Club in College Point Aug. 29 because hip hop trio Migos was performing; the group had been in the middle of their NYC leg of the Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour at the time. 

Police say Cardi B and her entourage were at the club at around 3 a.m. Saturday when she got in an argument with a 23-year-old woman who was bartending. They say a fight broke out during which chairs, bottles and hookah waters pipes were thrown, slightly injuring the bartender and another employee.

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 the bartender. Investigators were exploring whether the fracas involved a romantic dispute.

The two club employees are being represented by Joe Tacopina, who alleged "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.

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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