The incident allegedly took place on May 8 as the pair were leaving a Met Gala afterparty. The man, named Giovanni Arnold, claims that after he asked for Cardi B and Offset’s autographs, Cardi responded by saying ” “Fuck outta here, n**a. I will slap the shit out of you.” He says that Offset added “shut up, bro, before a n**a beat you out here.”
TheWrap reports that three unidentified men then “savagely beat Plaintiff [Giovanni Arnold], punching him and then stomping on his face while he was on the ground.” The lawsuit names New York City’s Mark Hotel – the alleged location of the Met Gala afterparty – as the location where the assault took place.
“This action arises following a savage assault that took place in the early hours of May 8, 2018 outside a Met Gala afterparty,” the suit reads. “Upon seeing Cardi B and Offset exit the Mark Hotel, Mr. Arnold asked for an autograph,” Not willing to stop for a fan, Cardi B and her entourage blew past the Plaintiff, ignoring him.”
“When Mr. Arnold repeated his request, Cardi B turned to Plaintiff and threatened to ‘slap the s— outta’ him. Defendant Offset then directed Mr. Arnold to ‘shut up, bro, before a n—a beat you out here.’ As Defendants Cardi B and Offset entered their waiting vehicle, they ordered the Unknown Assailants to attack Plaintiff.”
Arnold claims that he was “severely injured” as a result of the alleged attack, which he says took place at approximately 2.15am on May 8.
“Plaintiff, who never once physically lashed out at Defendants, laid on the ground protecting his face and body while the Unknown Assailants piled on top of him and continuously hit him,” the suit alleges. In addition, it claims that Offset and Cardi B “frequently instigate violent confrontations with fans and individuals,” and that the “brawl marks the third time Offset has been accused of provoking violence.”
He is seeking unspecified damages for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress.
NME has reached out to representatives of Cardi B for comment.