The 26-year-old rapper appeared to be shooting a new music video in Miami on Monday instead of making an appearance in New York criminal court to face charges of assault and reckless endangerment over a fight that took place at Angels Strip Club in Flushing on August 29. There, Cardi allegedly ordered her crew to attack bartending sisters Baddie Gi and Jade because she thought they’d slept with her husband, rapper Offset.
Instead, in a series of paparazzi photos, the “I Like It” singer can be seen frolicking in the surf with her friends while covered in body paint made to make her look like a tiger, dancing on a pole set up along the shore and pouring champagne on the butts of a number of twerking dancers aboard a huge yacht.
The judge of Cardi’s case warned the pop star, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, that she risked arrest if she did not show up on Monday, but subsequently offered a new appearance date of Dec. 7.
Her lawyer Jeff Kern informed the judge, “As you probably know she is a fairly notable hip-hop artist. My client knew the date but there was a previously scheduled commitment for today and tomorrow.”