American female rapper Cardi B in body paint during a music video shoot in Monday at the exact time she was supposed to appear in a New York criminal court to face charges of assault in connection with a fight at a strip club.
The 26-year-old rapper was pictured twerking in an animal costume on the beach in Miami instead of attending her hearing.
The photographs will no doubt rile the judge, who on Monday warned that she risked arrest if she did not show up again.
Judge Scott Dunn told her lawyer ‘to convey to her that it´s not acceptable that she is not here today.’
He also threatened to have Cardi B arrested if she doesn’t show up for arraignment on Friday this week.
‘You should inform her that if she doesn’t show up to the arraignment on December 7, that unless the circumstances change, then it’s very likely the court will issue a bench warrant for her arrest,’ Dunn told her lawyer, Jeff Kern.
Kern told the judge that he rarely communicates directly with his client; instead, he makes contact with her via her business managers, Daily Mail reports.
He went on to apologize for her non-appearance, saying it was down to poor communication.
‘I can tell you my client knew of the date, but there was a previously standing commitment for today and tomorrow,’ he said, assuring the judge that his client was not a flight risk.
Kern said Cardi B had asked for an adjournment before Monday but the court had denied it. She was initially due in court on Oct. 29, but the court allowed her to reschedule.
It turns out that that ‘previously standing commitment’ was the Miami photo shoot.