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Grammy-winning artist Cardi B is currently in the news for her split from Offset, but now she has another legal issue to address.

She, her sister Hennessy Carolina, and Michelle Diaz are facing a new lawsuit stemming from an incident that occurred during Labor Day Weekend. Several complaints have been lodged against the women, including defamation of character.

Cardi B and Hennessy Carolina
Cardi B and sister Hennessy Carolina, Beautycon 2019 | Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Beautycon

Cardi B’s social media post at center of dispute

Fans may recall when Cardi B shared a video on her Instagram account during Labor Day weekend. In it, her sister Hennessy Carolina and Hennessy’s girlfriend Michelle Diaz could be heard arguing with a group of people at the beach about parking and President Trump.

In the short clip, Hennessy directed her words toward a man who was wearing a MAGA hat, a woman, and her husband. She warned them she’d be dropping the video online.

She posted the video to her Instagram Stories, and Cardi B later shared the content on social media with a message that read:

“Meanwhile not only you got racist mags supporters that are lynching, racist cop shootings, and killing black men all cause their leader makes them feel like they could do so. My sister couldn’t even park her car today without this man harassing her girlfriend. Soon as the camera came out, they started being sweet.”

Cardi B and her sister have since removed the video from Instagram, but it can be viewed on Cardi B’s Twitter page or  YouTube.

Beachgoers in video filed lawsuit against Cardi B, Hennessy Carolina

The incident happened at Smith Point beach in New York and now the Long Islanders are suing Cardi B, Carolina, and Diaz in a Suffolk County Court.

According to ABC News, they are accusing Carolina of assault, defamation of character, battery, and civil rights violations, while Cardi B and Diaz are facing suits over defamation and civil rights.


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The beachgoers’ attorney John Ray alleged that Carolina edited the video and maliciously accused his clients of being racists.

“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 told ABC.

Plaintiffs didn’t know they went viral

ABC reported that the Long Island residents didn’t know they went viral until family and friends alerted them of the social media posts.

The plaintiffs, Manuel Alarcon and Peter and Pauline Caliendo, told the outlet they had no idea who the women were and just thought they were “two girls with a dog” who blocked them in when they parked.

The Caliendos allege their eight-year-old granddaughter witnessed the altercation and is traumatized. Their attorney contends that his clients’ reputations have been damaged and they’re living in fear.

Cardi B has not commented on the situation and her attorneys have not issued a statement. The beachgoers are seeking an unspecified amount in damages.