Cardi B and her sister, Hennessy Carolina, are now facing charges for a fight that broke out over Labor Day weekend.
The weather was perfect for a day on the beach in Suffolk County, New York. As a result, the “Bodak Yellow” rapper decided to soak up the sun with her sister and her sister’s girlfriend Michelle Diaz at a beach near Smith Point. Their trip to the beach originally seemed harmless until things went south and a lawsuit was filed weeks afterward.
— Eyewitness News (@ABC7NY) September 23, 2020
According to the lawsuit filed in Suffolk County, three people claimed that they were at the beach when Cardi B and her group decided to block their vehicle. One of the plaintiffs was wearing a MAGA hat and decided to approach Diaz which prompted Carolina to begin filming the interaction.
The group claims that Cardi B’s sister “sprayed her copious spittle upon said plaintiffs as she raged.” This was alarming due to the dangers of the coronavirus, according to an official statement.
Always gotta say ALLEGED.
Like the alleged racists filing a bogus lawsuit against cardi B claim alleged defamation when IT WAS ON CAMERA and there were witnesses, allegedly
— pyow pyow (@honeyNOTvinegar) September 23, 2020
According to that statement, Carolina “knew or should have known that her spraying of spittle upon Plaintiffs at a time when COVID-19 virus infection was a nation-wide threat to all persons in the U.S., was assaulting, threatening and intimidating to said Plaintiffs.”
Carolina then decided to post and share videos of the interaction on Instagram to her nearly 10 million followers. Those who filed the lawsuit are claiming that she edited the video to make herself seem innocent and therefore manipulated evidence for this case.
You wanna know why joe gotta talk to me Candice cause I have the #1 song & yet my sister can’t go to the beach in the Hampton’s wit out trump supporters harassing cause they were by themselves & Santa Claus was harassing my sis GF all because they are a Afro/Hispanic gay couple https://t.co/OLQX2mrzbp pic.twitter.com/ISfJStODme
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 6, 2020
In fact, one stated that Carolina’s intended goal was “to remove portions thereof, and thereby hold plaintiffs in a false light, so as to tend to expose and in fact expose each plaintiff to public contempt, ridicule and disgrace and harm,” and that she also accused the plaintiffs of “racism.”
Following the situation, Cardi B decided to tweet about the incident. Her stream of tweets included Carolina and Diaz discussing what happened from their perspective in an audio file. Cardi B shared her sister’s video with her followers on the platform as well.
Nooooo that big pink man was harassing my sister girlfriend to move her car for no reason and then my sister came there had a back and forth and they stood quit when she Wip that phone out .They was harassing 2 Women ! Ya going to catch the right fuckin one ! https://t.co/xcH1PvGVAB pic.twitter.com/rLym9O2yIU
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) September 6, 2020
Cardi B, Hennessy Carolina and Michelle Diaz are now facing charges of defamation of character and violating civil rights to privacy. In addition, Carolina is also separately facing the charge of assault and battery.
John Ray, the plaintiffs’ attorney, made a statement to ABC New York about the situation.
“These peaceful Suffolk County residents were quietly enjoying a Sunday at the Smith Point beach with their families, when rap celebrity Hennessy Carolina suddenly approached them, raging, spitting, insulting, assaulting, defaming and threatening them, all the while videotaping them because one of them wore a MAGA hat,” Ray said.
He continued the statement by further explaining that “Hennessy, Cardi B and celebrity model Michelle Diaz deviously edited the videotape and published the edited version all over social media, across the world for all to see, and maliciously falsely labeled these residents and their families as ‘N…s’ and as racists. … Real threats of harm were made. They live in fear now. Their reputations have been ruined.”
— Ary☁ (@aryxari) September 23, 2020
Although none of the plaintiffs have the coronavirus or suffered physical injuries, Ray said that his clients are going to seek “substantial damages.”
The man in the video was referenced as “Karen,” “Pink Man” and “Santa Claus” by Cardi B, Carolina and Diaz.
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) September 22, 2020
Cardi B has explained to her followers that Carolina and Diaz were being mocked and harassed because they were an Afro-Hispanic gay couple. However, the plaintiffs insist that the video was edited and manipulated to make them look bad and alter the true story.
At first I thought it was fake, but there’s really a lawsuit against Cardi B and her sister for telling off some Trump people at the beach down the road from me. For the record, good for Cardi and her sister 😂
— nicole (@okaycoley) September 22, 2020
Carolina said that they were harassed because the group “saw us parking here and we were speaking Spanish and we’re mixed.”
This situation has caused mixed reactions and feelings online. However, many are labeling this another “Karen” situation and taking the side of Cardi B and her sister.
The video of this incident has gone viral on social media. Both Cardi B and Hennessy Carolina have shared the footage with their millions of followers online. The video has now been deleted and removed from their profiles after the lawsuit was filed.
Lololol the Long Island MAGA people suing Cardi B for painting them as bigots.
No honey, y'all painted yourselves that way. That red hat tells it all.
— BRC 🌵 (@branlynn) September 23, 2020
In the since-deleted Instagram video, Cardi B stated: “Meanwhile not only you got racist [MAGA] supporters that are [lynching] ,racist cop shootings and killing black men all cause their leader make them feel like they could do so .My sister couldn’t even park her car today with out this man harassing her girlfriend soon as the camera [came] out they started being sweet.”
This case is currently being looked into further.