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Cardi B leaves the 109th Precinct station house in Queens after being booked on a charge

Rapper Cardi B has been indicted for her role in connection with the assault of two bartenders at a Flushing strip club in August 2018.

The 26-year-old rapper, whose name is Belcalis Almánzar, as well as Tawana “RemyRojaLaPerla” Jackson-Morel, 36, and Jeffrey “AstonMartinChuck” Bush, 34, were arraigned on June 25 before the Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree attempted assault, third-degree assault, second-degree harassment, fourth- and fifth-degree criminal solicitation, fifth- and sixth-degree conspiracy and second-degree reckless endangerment. They were each released on their own recognizance.

Bush and Jackson-Morel are scheduled to return to court on Sept.9, while Almánzar’s next court date has not been scheduled yet. If convicted, each defendant faces up to four years in prison.

According to the indictment, on Aug. 15, 2018, Bush was allegedly at the Angels Gentlemen’s Club and Restaurant, located at 32-17 College Point Blvd., and after 3 a.m., Bush and an unapprehended woman allegedly placed an order at the bar with a female bartender. When the 21-year-old employee was in the process of serving the pair, the unapprehended female allegedly grabbed the victim by her hair, slammed her head into the bar and began punching her repeatedly.

Three additional unapprehended females allegedly joined in and also struck the victim repeatedly. The indictment alleges that Bush recorded video of the attack and used his body to attempt to block anyone from intervening in the attack on the bartender.

The indictment state that prior to their arrival at the club, defendants Almánzar and Jackson-Morel communicated on a social media platform and allegedly coordinated the day, time and location the attack would take place, as well as whom they were targeting. Jackson-Morel and Almánzar also allegedly discussed money being exchanged for carrying out the alleged assault.
Charges say that on Aug. 29, 2018, Almánzar, Bush and Jackson-Morel allegedly patronized the gentlemen’s club once again and the bartender that was serving the group was the 23-year-old sister of the victim from the Aug. 15 alleged attack. At 3:30 a.m. that day,Jackson-Morel allegedly threw a cocktail into the 23-year-old woman’s face and Bush and Almánzar, as well as several unapprehended others, allegedly threw drinks, glass bottles and various objects at the bartender.
The glass bottles shattered on the floor of the club, causing the victim to sustain lacerations to her legs, bruising to her feet and the alcohol thrown in her face irritated her eyes.  The group allegedly used social media chats to plan the Aug. 29 attack, as they had for the earlier alleged assault.
Updated on June 25 at 4:15 p.m.

 

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