US rapper, Cardi B, sentenced over 2018 strip club fight

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Cardi B, the US rapper, has been sentenced to 15 days of community service after she pleaded guilty to assault charges against her.

The 29-year-old was involved in a brawl at Angels Strip Club in New York in 2018.

The rapper was thereafter slammed with 12-count charges which include third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment.

When the rapper appeared before the Queens district court in New York on Thursday, she pleaded guilty to the two misdemeanor charges against her.

The court, however, dismissed the other 10 charges, which include two felonies, against her.

During the court session, prosecutors said the rapper threw objects, including champagne bottles, at two sisters who were bartenders at the club.

They also said the musician led her team to attack the women over the allegation that one of them was dating Offset, her lover.

Cardi B was arraigned alongside Jeffrey Bush and Tawana Jackson-More, who were co-defendants in the case.

Apart from the community sentence, the court also ordered the rapper to pay the court fees of the women involved in the case and stay away from them for three years.

Melinda Katz, the judge, in a statement after sentencing the rapper, said “No one is above the law”.

It is understood that the rapper agreed to the plea deal with the court to avoid a lengthy trial.

Reacting to the sentencing in a statement, the rapper admitted she “made some bad decisions” in the past.

“Part of growing up and maturing is being accountable for your actions. As a mother, it’s a practice that I am trying to instill in my children, but the example starts with me,” she said.

“I’ve made some bad decisions in my past that I am not afraid to face and own up to. These moments don’t define me and they are not reflective of who I am now.

“I’m looking forward to moving past this situation with my family and friends and getting back to the things I love the most – the music and my fans.”

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