On Tuesday, the 27-year-old rapper arrived at Queens Criminal Court wearing a show-stopping look. Sporting a white dress shirt, black tie, and black pants, Cardi's outfit became a standout with the addition of a black, Adrienne Landau by Saulo Villela "Queen's Coat" coat. The piece included no fur, instead made of charmeuse and feathers. It features batwing-shaped sleeves, with an approximately 10-feet long train. The statement piece retails for $2,995.
Cardi, who was in court in connection with an altercation at a strip club in August 2018, wore her hood up as she made the way up the stairs of the court as her team assisted with the train of her jacket. Cardi also rocked long, sage green pointy nails.
The rapper seemed composed and calm as she entered the courtroom, despite the hoopla of media outside, even telling ET that she's feeling "pretty good."
Once in the courtroom, Cardi laid her coat and hat on the third pew and took her place beside her lawyers in front of the judge. She seemed relaxed and at ease alongside her legal team. She barely made a peep except for a sneeze, to which the judge said, "Bless you."
Tuesday’s proceedings were mainly focused on housekeeping issues to ensure that the case can proceed promptly. The main topic of conversation between the defense, prosecutors, and judge revolved around the use and acquisition of private social media messages.
After the hearing was over, Cardi exited through a side door and was once again hounded by the media and fans. It was total chaos, with some fans even knocking on the window of her car hoping to catch a glimpse of her.
Once she was safely on the road, her lawyers addressed the media and answered questions. Another hearing was set for Jan. 17, 2020, however, Cardi will not attend.
The incident in question occurred at the Angels Strip Club in Queens, where Cardi and about nine members of her entourage allegedly threw chairs, bottles and a hookah pipe toward bartenders, two of whom were said to be injured. According to legal documents obtained by ET, one bartender claimed that one of the drinks allegedly thrown by a member of Cardi’s group landed on her face, resulting in burning, itching and temporary blindness in her eyes.
In October 2018, Cardi was arrested and charged with two misdemeanors, assault and reckless endangerment. She rejected a plea offer in April, and her lawyer has claimed she didn’t injure anyone during the incident.
In June, ET confirmed that the rapper pleaded not guilty after being indicted on 12 counts, including two counts of felony attempted assault with intent to cause serious injury. The other charges against Cardi, which range from harassment to criminal solicitation, conspiracy and reckless endangerment, are misdemeanors.
ET spoke with her husband, rapper Offset, at the 2019 BET Awards a day later, where he and his fellow Migos rappers -- Quavo and Takeoff -- also didn't appear bothered by her current legal troubles.