Rapper Cardi B, her sister, and her sister’s girlfriend are being sued for defamation after a Long Island family claimed the trio accused them of being racist in a video posted on social media following an altercation at Smith Point County Park.
Peter Caliendo, his wife Pauline, and their friend Manuel Alarcon are also suing “WAP” rapper Cardi B’s sister Hennessy Carolina for assault and battery. Her girlfriend Michelle Diaz and Cardi B are additionally accused of civil rights violations.
“Real threats of harm were made,” the plaintiffs’ Miller Place-based attorney John Ray told reporters during a news conference Tuesday. “They live in fear now. Their reputations have been ruined.”
Ray said the Caliendos and Alarcon had driven their SUV onto the Outer Beach at Smith Point on the east end of Fire Island on Sept. 6 to celebrate Labor Day weekend when they asked Carolina and Diaz to move their truck because they were blocked in, triggering the spat.
Carolina, who filmed the dispute on her cell phone, later posted the profanity-laced video online and said the family made racist remarks, which the plaintiffs dispute. Cardi B, who was not present for the altercation, later shared the video and also called the family racist and homophobic.
The couple was flying a flag supporting President Donald Trump’s re-election, a Back The Blue pro-police flag, and was wearing a Make America Great Again hat at the time, which prompted the defendants to label them “racist MAGA supporters,” they said.
Ray is seeking $20 million in damages. Representatives for the defendants could not immediately be reached for comment.
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