Cardi B failed to appear in a New York criminal court on Monday to face charges of assault in connection with a fight at a strip club because she had a very important engagement – a tiger-themed video shoot. The 26-year-old rapper was pictured twerking in an animal costume on the beach in Miami instead of attending her hearing.
The photographs will no doubt rile the judge, who on Monday warned that she risked arrest if she did not show up again.
‘You should inform her that if she doesn’t show up to the arraignment on December 7, that unless the circumstances change, then it’s very likely the court will issue a bench warrant for her arrest,’ Dunn told her lawyer, Jeff Kern.
The famous rapper appeared alone at Queens police station just before 10 am on Monday, having her face covered with umbrellas. Shortly before noon, she went again, this time accompanied by her lawyer. According to foreign media reports, police believe Cardi B has ordered the assault on two women working in the strip club bar. “There is no evidence that Cardi B caused any harm or injured anyone in the club that night. We expect the issue to be resolved soon, “her lawyer said.
Kern told the judge that he rarely communicates directly with his client; instead, he makes contact with her via her business managers. He went on to apologize for her non-appearance, saying it was down to poor communication.
‘I can tell you my client knew of the date, but there was a previously standing commitment for today and tomorrow,’ he said, assuring the judge that his client was not a flight risk.
Kern said Cardi B had asked for an adjournment before Monday but the court had denied it. She was initially due in court on Oct. 29, but the court allowed her to reschedule. It turns out that that ‘previously standing commitment’ was the Miami photo shoot.
She was photographed daubed in body paint to give her tiger markings for the ocean video shoot. Her and fellow rappers known as City Girls were all skimpily attired as they twerked and rode jet skis. There was also a floating stripper pole with dancers.