A professional autograph seeker is suing Cardi B and Offset after claiming the couple’s security team beat him up outside of a Met Gala after-party.
Giovanni Arnold, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, was captured on video hounding Cardi for an autograph before an altercation took place on May 8. Footage showed him on the ground being attacked by multiple people after he taunted Cardi and Offset, who denied his autograph request.
According to TMZ, Arnold claims Cardi told him, “Fuck outta here nigga, I will slap the shit out of you” outside The Mark Hotel in New York. Offset allegedly told him, “Shut up, bro, before a nigga beat you out here.”
The lawsuit, which was filed by attorney Daniel Szalkiewicz, says three of the Hip Hop power couple’s bodyguards attacked Arnold after he tried to de-escalate the situation. Video of the incident appears to contradict his assertion though. In the clip, he can be heard saying, “I’ll take all your money, bro. Please beat me up. Please brother. Please be a fool.”
Arnold was taken to the hospital following the altercation. He claims to have suffered injuries to his face, back, neck and body.