Cardi B’s bestie Star Brim is heading back to prison. She was indicted by the federal government on RICO charges for being “Godmother” of the 59 Brims street gang.
Lead prosecutor Geoffrey S. Berman, who also collared rapper Tekashi69 and the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, set his sights on Brim before she was released from prison last year.
Brim, who was born Yonette Respass, was named in the federal indictment announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York on Tuesday.
Prosecutors charged Brim and 10 other alleged 59 Brims Gang members on RICO counts and conspiracy to commit assault in-aid-of racketeering, in addition to other violence and illegal activity between January 2012 and December 2019.
The feds say Brim orchestrated the attack against two female bartenders at a NY strip club because they “disrespected” Cardi B.
Brim, who was behind bars at the time, allegedly ordered her subordinates to attack the women without murdering them. According to the indictment, Brim ordered her underlings to touch the 2 women with extreme violence.
“I want hands put on them,” Brim reportedly told gang members. “I don’t even want no talking.”
In August, members of the 59 Brims gang, who are affiliated with the Bloods, arrived at the Angels strip club to confront the two sisters who worked as bartenders there. One of the sisters was accused of sleeping with Cardi’s husband, rapper Offset of Migos.
Though Cardi did not physically participate in the attack, police say she watched it go down, as her crew threw chairs and bottles at the sisters, who sustained serious facial and head injuries.
Surveillance footage from inside the bar shows co-defendant Jeffrey Bush filming the attack on his cell phone.
A woman standing next to Bush ordered a drink from the intended target, who was asked to lean closer. The woman then grabbed the victim by her hair and dragged her over the bar while beating her in the head with a bottle.
Bush filmed the entire assault and sent the footage to Brim in prison. After reviewing the video, Brim decided the violence was not vicious enough, according to the indictment.
The defendants were then ordered to carry out a second assault on the sisters about two weeks later at Angels strip club. Cardi was in the house for the second assault as well.
The sisters were fired by the strip club’s management after the two incidents. The women later sued the club’s owner.
Cardi was arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault and reckless endangerment in the strip club attack in the summer of 2019.
Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, is seen above arriving at the courthouse with Brim by her side.
Brim’s gang is also accused of murdering members of a rival gang, Real Ryte, conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, and unlawful use of firearms for drug trafficking purposes.
Cardi and Brim were friends before she skyrocketed to hip-hop fame with her summer anthem “Bodak Yellow.”
Brim, who is currently pregnant, is negotiating the terms of her surrender. If convicted, she faces up to 50 years in federal prison.