Cardi B Reveals Photographer Sexually Assaulted Her During Photo Shoot

Rapper Cardi B said she was sexually assaulted by a photographer during a magazine photoshoot.

During an interview with radio host Angie Martinez for an episode of “Untold Stories of Hip Hop” on We TV, the rapper talked about how a photographer assaulted her during a magazine shoot.

"I will never forget how I went to shoot for this magazine and the photographer, he was trying to get close to me, like, 'Yeah, you want to get in this magazine?' Then he pulled his [penis] out,” Cardi told Martinez in a preview clip from the episode.

It is unclear when the incident took place and the “Money” rapper did not name the magazine or the photographer.

"I was so [expletive] mad, and it was just like, 'This is crazy,’" Cardi B said during the interview.

Cardi B, 26, said she reported the incident to the owner of the magazine, but she was surprised when the owner shrugged his shoulders and dismissed the photographer’s inappropriate behavior.

"You know what’s so crazy? I told the magazine owner and he just looked at me like, ‘So? And?'" she said, imitating the owner shrugging his shoulders at her.

Cardi B then discussed the #MeToo movement and said she knows of other women who had similar sexual harassment experiences.

"When I see the #MeToo movement — there’s girls from the hood I know that went through the same type of treatment, like they make you feel like you got to do a certain type of thing for the most (expletive).… It happens, really, every day," she said.

When Martinez asked if she still faces sexual harassment at this point in her career, the rapper said "Oh, hell no. I’ll put you on blast on my Instagram.”

Following the interview, Cardi B slammed her fans who thought she was lying about her sexual harassment experience on Instagram on September 26.

"I BEEN TALK ABOUT THIS S— BEFORE I SPOKE TO ANGIE even on my mixtape," Cardi B wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post, according to Yahoo News. "Truth is this ain’t nothing Far-fetch this s— still and stay happening.

"A lot of you stay at home b— can’t relate but a lot do. I been in these streets and the streets ain’t Disney," Cardi said in her message.

This is not the first time Cardi B has talked about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. In a 2018 interview with Cosmopolitan, she talked about how she doesn’t believe the #MeToo movement will change the hip-hop industry.

“A lot of video vixens have spoke about this and nobody gives a f—,” she previously told the magazine. “When I was trying to be a vixen, people were like, ‘You want to be on the cover of this magazine?’ Then they pull their [penis] out. I bet if one of these women stands up and talks about it, people are going to say, ‘So what? You’re a ho. It don’t matter.’”

She also expressed her doubts about the men who have publicly come out to say that they support the movement, saying, “These producers and directors, they’re not woke, they’re scared.”

Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar, rose to fame in 2017 after she released her first number 1 single, “Bodak Yellow,” which led to her first two Grammy Award nominations, according to the Recording Academy Grammy Awards website. In 2018, she won the Grammy for Best Rap Album for the album Invasion of Privacy. She also made history by becoming the first female solo artist to win the award, Elle reported.

During her acceptance speech, she thanked her daughter and her producers and collaborators, telling the crowd that the album was complete when she found out she was pregnant.

"I want to thank my daughter Kulture… I'm not just saying thank you because she's my daughter. It's because, you know, when I found out I was pregnant, my album was not complete. I had, like, three songs I was for sure having. And then you know how it was: We was like, We have to get this album done so I could shoot these videos while I'm still not showing. And it was very long nights,” she said, according to Elle.

Cardi B also thanked her husband, rapper Offset, who encouraged her to finish the album even though she was pregnant.

"You, husband, thank you. Nah, seriously, 'cause he was like, you're going to do this album, girl. We're gonna have this baby, and we're gonna make this album. And thank you so much, everybody," she said.


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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.