The Southern District of New York identified Star, born Yonetter Respass, in the indictment among 17 other defendants in the case of Cardi’s alleged violent assault against two sisters working at Queens strip club Angel’s as bartenders back in August of 2018.
While multiple arrests swept the city, Star remains free for now and has arranged with prosecutors to turn herself in at a later date since she is pregnant and could give birth soon.
It was first reported Cardi herself ordered the attack on the two bartenders, now identified as Rachel and Sarah Wattley, but court documents reveal it was Star who allegedly commissioned the hit while doing prison time in Connecticut that same year.
Now, she is being charged with racketeering and for the ordering of subordinates to “pop that bottle” on one of the women, whom Cardi believed to have slept with her husband Offset.
Police are naming Star as a high-ranking gang member known to The Brims as their “godmother.” She reportedly calls the shots and was said to be “dissatisfied” over the outcome of the attack which wasn’t as violent as she’d hoped.
Two weeks later, Bardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, and her crew got into a heated exchange with the Wattley sisters, around 3 a.m. Security footage shows the “Money” artist throwing an ice bucket at the two girls as they were bartending. According to the indictment, one of the bartenders suffered lacerations to her legs and feet.
Last June, the Grammy Award-winning star pleaded not guilty after being indicted on 12 counts including, two felony counts of attempted assault with intent to cause serious injury. In December, the Invasion of Privacy star went back to court dressed in all black with a wide-brimmed hat to match to further plead her innocence.
However, according to legal docs, Cardi and two others who are named in the case planned the date, time and location of the attack via social media. Prosecutors allege Cardi B discussed money as a reward for the execution of the assault with Tawana Jackson-Morel, one of the named defendants who helped organize the attack.
If convicted, Cardi faces up to four years in prison. In April, she rejected a plea deal that would have granted her a conditional discharge in exchange for pleading guilty to a single misdemeanor.
In a previous hearing, the judge ordered Cardi B to have no contact with the Whattley sisters and also issued an order of protection for the girls. The judge also gave the multi-platinum artist a stern warning to “please be very careful” with social media.