Cardi B is being accused of defaming a group of MAGA-supporting beachgoers. Cardi’s sister, Hennessy Carolina, and her girlfriend, model Michelle Diaz, got into a heated argument with the group at Smith Point Beach in Long Island, NY.
Cardi B, who is outspoken about her critique of President Donald Trump and racism in the United States, took to Twitter to express her concerns about what she believes was harassment motivated by race and sexuality. The rapper tweeted “My sister can’t go to the beach in the Hampton’s wit out trump supporters harassing cause they were by themselves & Santa Claus was harassing my sis GF all because they are a Afro/Hispanic gay couple.”
In the tweet, Cardi B posted the explicit video Hennessy took of the altercation where one of the men is wearing one of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats. The MAGA hat wearer and his crew got into a heated argument with Carolina about where she parked her vehicle. Carolina claims the two men told her and her girlfriend to “go to your f—king country” and feels she was targeted because she and her girlfriend were speaking Spanish and are people of color.
A new lawsuit for defamation and civil rights violations names Carolina and Diaz as defendants and also names Cardi B. In the lawsuit, the beachgoers claim the women harassed them and defamed them by posting the allegedly edited video of the altercation on social media. The plaintiffs’ attorney, John Ray, says his clients are “peaceful Suffolk County residents.” He alleges that 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,” in an interview with ABC.
A press conference will be held in New York on Tuesday at noon at John Ray’s office. The plaintiffs will attend and answer questions about the incident.