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Rapper Cardi B pleads not guilty to fight

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US rapper and hip hop artist Belcalis Marlenis Almanzar, known professionally as Cardi B (C), arrives at Queens Supreme court in Queens, in New York, New York, USA, 25 June 2019. EPA/PETER FOLEY

Grammy Award-winning rapper Cardi B pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges relating to an alleged fight at a New York City strip club last year.

The 26-year-old performer entered the plea in an appearance at New York Supreme Court in the borough of Queens.

The rapper surrendered to New York City police last October after a complaint claimed she was involved in a fight at the Angels NYC strip club in Queens.

She was indicted by a grand jury on felony charges earlier this month along with two other people in her entourage.

According to police, the rapper got into an argument in August with two of the club's female bartenders, accusing one of them of having an affair with her husband.

"The victims allegedly had glass bottles hurled at them, alcoholic drinks thrown in their faces and one woman's head was slammed into the bar," Acting Queens District Attorney John Ryan said in a statement. "This kind of violence won't be tolerated in our community."

The next hearing in the case will be on Sept. 23 for co-defendants Tawana Jackson-Morel, 36, and Jeffrey Bush, 34, both of Brooklyn.

Queens prosecutors claim that Cardi B and Jackson-Morel used social media to coordinate an attack on a 21-year-old bartender and discussed money payments to people who carried it out.

Several unapprehended females also assaulted the bartender, while Bush filmed the attack, according to the prosecutors.

Cardi B and Jackson-Morel allegedly took part in another attack targeting the bartender's 23-year-old sister, also a bartender at the club, the prosecutors said.

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