Cardi B and Offset are being sued by the self-described “autograph hound” who was beaten by their bodyguards after the Met Gala.
Giovanni Arnold, 33, filed the suit in state Supreme Court in the Bronx on Monday seeking unspecified damages for the injuries he says he sustained when the famous couple ordered three goons to “savagely” beat him after he asked the “Bodak Yellow” rapper for her John Hancock on May 8.
Arnold claims in court papers he approached the pregnant performer outside the Mark Hotel’s gala afterparty around 2 a.m. and she told him, “F–k outta here n—a, I will slap the s–t outta you.”
He alleges he “expressed his disappointment with being ignored” and then Cardi B and Offset signaled to their hired muscle that they wanted him “to be physically attacked” — and Offset added, “Shut up, bro, before a n—a beat you out here.”
When Arnold responded,
“Aw man, for an autograph? Damn, that’s serious,” he says the three men pounced, “punching him and then stomping on his face while he was on the ground.”
Accordig to Page six, as Arnold lay on the ground after the thrashing, he says one of the guys returned “to inflict one last running jump kick on [Arnold’s] head before again scurrying away from the scene.”
According to court papers, Arnold was taken to the hospital for injuries to his “face, neck, back and body” and believes he will be “permanently disabled and disfigured and caused to suffer continuous physical and mental pain and inconvenience.”
He’s also suing the three unidentified bodyguards, the couple’s management company and the Mark Hotel — because its own security guards “watched idly as the melee unfolded.”
After videos of the beat-down went viral, Cardi B wrote in a since-deleted tweet:
“If you check my tag pics I take a lot of pics with fans. Some people are not fans & sometimes I don’t want no pics and I simply don’t want people too close cause of [my pregnancy].”
“I don’t know what are people’s intentions sooo I be careful. Why can’t people respect that?” she added.