Actions have consequences… first rule of life. And the second rule is this – you are the only one responsible for your own actions.
The news about Belcalis Almanzar, also known as Cardi B, and the scandal that has made its round in the news and social media. In a old Instagram Live video, she is ranting on about what she had to do to get by. She admitted to drugging men’s drinks and robbing them in hotel rooms. Being a huge celebrity, it was no surprise to me that her fans came to her defense. One issue that has come to my attention are the crimes she committed. People have been asking why isn’t she being investigated? I am not a fan of her music. That being said, it would be easy for someone to say that I have a personal vendetta against her. People are arguing that “rape is different than robbing”. Well I disagree. After researching on this scandal, I’ve learned a lot about different laws. Also how this scandal is in some ways similar to the Bill Cosby case.
The law is different in each state. For example, the state of Washington has RCW 9A.36.021, a law which states:
“…someone who “administers to or causes to be taken by another, poison or any other destructive or noxious substance” is guilty of Assault in the Second Degree.”
The law includes sedatives or other sedating type drugs within this definition. This is a class B felony and is punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years.
Bill Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for DRUGGING and ASSAULTING. Looking at all points of views, he didn’t just rape women. He also drugged them, making them unconscious. Supporters of Cardi B have beeAt face value, this is completely different from what Cardi B did.
At the time, Cardi B was a stripper in New York when she DRUGGED and ROBBED men. By drugging, she potentially committed second degree assault and violated two laws: NY PL 120.05 and NY PL 10.00(10).
NY PL 120.05 states:
“….where “serious physical injuries” resulted from the assault, and the assault was carried out with the intent of causing such injuries.”
NY PL 10.00(10) states:
“….“serious physical injuries” as “a physical injury which creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes death or serious protracted disfigurement, protracted IMPAIRMENT OF HEALTH or Protracted loss or impairment of any bodily organ.””
It can be challenged in court that she committed 2nd Degree Assault, when she intentionally drugged each men in order to rob them. This would be a CLASS D FELONY, which is punishable by up to 7 years in prison (NY PL 120.05)
In addition to 2nd degree assault, she may have committed Petite Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, when she robbed men. Both crimes violate NY PL 155.25 and NY PL 165.40. They are considered to be “A” misdemeanors and are punishable by up to a year in jail.
Furthermore, in the state of New York, a person is guilty of assault in the second degree when: a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment, he/she intentionally causes stupor, unconsciousness or other physical impairment or injury to another person by administering to him/her, without his/her consent, a drug, substance or preparation capable of producing the same.
In conclusion, to say that rape and robbing aren’t the same is irrelevant. They are crimes and in this case, they involve drugging someone and assault. Bill Cosby is serving three to 10 years in a state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting someone. Cardi B may not have raped anyone but what she possibly did was commit a series of crimes. Should she be investigated and convicted, she would be facing fines and serving time in prison. Fortunately for Cardi B, the laws in each state are different, which could could give Cardi B the benefit of the doubt.