In Summary
  • Cardi B allegedly ordered an attack on two sisters working at the club
  • The hearing was a "control date" for both sides to appear and discuss scheduling and legal issues
  • The rapper in April rejected a plea deal from the Queens district attorney's office

Rap superstar Cardi B appeared in court Tuesday over her alleged involvement in a New York strip club brawl, as her lawyers called for access to social media evidence currently available to prosecutors.

The 27-year-old Grammy winner known for hits including "I Like it" strode into the Queens courtroom wearing black patent Christian Louboutin stilettos, a black feathered train trailing behind her as she sported an enormous matching hat.

Having previously pleaded not guilty to attempted assault charges including two felonies linked to the case, she stood before the judge with her hands complete with talon-esque mint green nail extensions clasped behind her back.

'CONTROL DATE'

The hearing was a "control date" for both sides to appear and discuss scheduling and legal issues, namely the defence's bid to obtain evidence they say is currently only available to the prosecution.

The artist's lawyers said they had submitted a subpoena to Facebook, which owns Instagram, attempting to obtain direct messages from the image-sharing platform involving the complainants -- but their request had been denied.

They did not go into detail on the content of the social media exchanges.

Judge Joseph Zayas requested both parties meet and reach an agreement for the defence to access the Instagram messages.

He set a hearing for the two other defendants involved in the case for January 17, but excused Cardi B from attending.

Insisting on his client's innocence, her lawyer Jeff Kern said "the case is not close to going to trial."

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