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.
What court hearing? 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 inspired video shoot in Miami
Judge Scott Dunn told her lawyer ‘to convey to her that it´s not acceptable that she is not here today.’
He also threatened to have Cardi B arrested if she doesn’t show up for arraignment on Friday this week.
‘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.
Threatened with bench warrant: The photographs will no doubt rile the judge, who on Monday warned that she risked arrest if she did not show up again for her arraignment on Friday
Roar: The rapper, 26, was photographed daubed in body paint to give her tiger markings for the ocean video shoot
Priorities: Instead of attending her court hearing, she spent the day twerking on a sandbar instead
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.
It’s wild: Cardi was joined by rappers known as City Girls who were also skimpily attired and painted with animal themes
In character: The tiger’s face took up her whole back and there were whiskers drawn onto her derriere. She wore a dark blonde wig that was braided down either side of her head
Unreachable: In court, the performer’s lawyer apologized for her non-appearance, telling the judge he rarely communicates with her directly but makes contact via her business managers
Quite a handful: She had plenty of willing helpers on the shoot
She was photographed daubed in body paint to give her tiger markings for the ocean video shoot.
Cardi 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.
Pointing the finger: Prosecutors weren’t happy about her no-show. Queens A.D.A. Ryan Nicolosi said: ‘We want to treat this like any other case. We didn’t want to give preference because she is a big artist’
Toned: The skimpy outfit left little to the imagination as it showed off her post-baby body. She gave birth to her first child with husband Offset in July
Extras: There was also a floating stripper pole surrounded by bikini-clad beauties
The two-time Grammy award nominee had posted video to her Instagram early Monday showing her onboard an airplane and then another clip showing a vibrant blue ocean.
Prosecutors weren’t happy about Cardi B’s no-show in court on Monday.
Queens Assistant District Attorney Ryan Nicolosi said: ‘We want to treat this like any other case. We didn’t want to give preference because she is a big artist.’
In early October, the rapper – whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar – surrendered to police in New York City and was charged with assault and reckless endangerment over the brawl at the Angels Strip Club in Queens on August 15.
According to the New York Times, Cardi B accused one of two sisters who tend bar at the club of having an affair with her husband, Offset, who is part of the rap trio Migos.
Citing police, the newspaper said Cardi B’s bodyguards and members of her entourage attacked the sisters with bottles and chairs.
Legal trouble: Cardi B – whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar – has been charged with assault and reckless endangerment over a brawl at Angels Strip Club in Queens on August 15
‘Jealous’: According to the New York Times, Cardi B accused one of two sisters who tend bar at the club of having an affair with her husband, Offset, who is part of the rap trio Migos
Star: The Bronx native has become one of the biggest new artists since the runaway success last year of her song Bodak Yellow, which touches on her former life as a stripper
She has also made headlines for an ongoing feud with rapper Nicki Minaj, with whom she had a physical altercation during an event at this year’s New York Fashion Week.
After a series of posts on Twitter and Instagram directed at each other, the two agreed on a cease-fire in October.
However, just a few days ago, Nicki appeared to reignite the feud when she hired the two bartenders who claim they were the victims of the Angels Strip Club assault for her new music video.
The girls Baddie Gi and Jade, who are preparing to sue Cardi B for allegedly ordering the attack on them, briefly appear alongside Nicki in a clip for her song Good Form.
Stirring it: The two bartenders Baddie Gi and Jade, who claim they were the victims of the Angels Strip Club assault, were hired by Nicki Minaj for her new music video
Sour taste: Baddie Gi and Jade feature in Nicki’s video for Good Form and are seen twerking alongside the star in very scanty outfits
Nicki teased the appearance of Baddie Gi and Jade in her video on Instagram on Friday, as she shared a shot of herself posing with the bartenders and other dancers – with all girls sporting very scanty outfits.
She tagged the duo in her caption and was seen leaving emojis blowing a kiss and hearts underneath photos Baddie Gi and Jade shared to their own accounts on the social media platform.
Tensions between Nicki and Cardi have simmered for months, with rumors of a rift first surfacing after Cardi’s success with Bodak Yellow.
The two female rappers have often found themselves compared with one another and it’s been speculated about whether their lyrics make digs at each other.
Newcomer on the block: Tensions between Nicki and Cardi (pictured) have simmered for months, with rumors of a rift first surfacing after Cardi’s success with Bodak Yellow
Fight: Feelings boiled over between the pair at the ICONS party hosted by Harper’s Bazaar in September at New York Fashion Week, where Cardi threw a shoe at Nicki and her entourage
Cardi and Offset have one child together, a daughter Kulture born in July.
Cardi B has become one of the biggest new stars in US music since the runaway success last year of her song Bodak Yellow, which touches on her former life making ends meet as a stripper.
A Bronx native, she is the first female rapper to have had multiple No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Meanwhile, Cardi is set to make history again as she has been listed as the first featured female performer at the upcoming 2019 AVN Awards.
The AVN’s, dubbed ‘the Oscars of porn’, are an annual awards ceremony honoring stars in the adult film industry.
Thrilled with the honor, Cardi said in a statement: ‘I’m so excited that the AVN Awards chose me to be their first female performer ever. I can’t wait!’
Hip hop romance: Cardi confirmed her marriage to rapper Offset earlier this year and the couple welcomed their daughter Kulture in July
Flying high: Cardi has been announced as the first featured female performer at the upcoming 2019 AVN Awards, dubbed ‘the Oscars of porn’