Cardi B Defends #MeToo Story About Sexual Harasser Photographer

In a video shared on social media, Cardi B repeated calls for a #MeToo movement in the “urban world.”

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Cardi B is standing by her #MeToo story in the wake of some internet backlash.

The 26-year-old rapper spoke out about sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry in an upcoming episode of WE tv’s “Untold Stories of Hip Hop,” recalling an incident involving a photographer who exposed himself to her during a photo shoot for a magazine.

Some online apparently accused Cardi B of fabricating her story, but she insisted that she was telling the truth about her experiences in a recent Instagram Live video, Page Six reports.

“When is there going to be a #MeToo movement in the urban world, where this sh—t really be happening?” she said.

She then suggested that she’d seen comments accusing her of lying, remarking, “Lie about what? Why I gotta lie for? N—s really trying to take advantage of girls, and that’s a f—king fact. And you can ask these b—tches. You can ask these stripper b–tches, you can ask any Instagram model b–tch, you can ask everybody.”

“N—s, photographers, magazine owners, they be trying to f—king take advantage of you. And when I was … trying to be a f—king video vixen and all that bulls—t, I was 20 years old. That’s the b—tches that n—s love, too.”

She went on to explain how men would suggest that they wanted to feature her in magazines but instead would ask her to send them explicit photos.

“That s—t really happens,” she said.

The “Bodak Yellow” rapper could he heard telling her story to host Angie Martinez in a clip of the recently premiered WE tv series, E! News previously reported.

“I will never forget how I went to shoot for this magazine and the photographer, he was just trying to get close to me like, ‘Yeah, you want to get in this magazine?’ and he pulled his d—k out. I was so f—king mad,” she said in the minute-long clip.

Perhaps even more surprisingly, when she left the shoot and tried to tell the publication’s owner what the photographer had done, he was unfazed, she said, explaining, “I told the magazine owner and he just looked at me like, ‘So? And?’”

Cardi B, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, was a stripper before she became one of the biggest names in hip hop, and has spoken openly in the past about the mistreatment women face, not just in the world of exotic dancing, but in the music industry as well.

"Just because somebody was a stripper don’t mean they don’t have no brain,” she told Cosmopolitan last year, adding later, “People say, ‘Why do you always got to say that you used to be a stripper? We get it.’ Because y’all don’t respect me because of it, and y’all going to respect these strippers from now on.”

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