The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has officially dropped their criminal battery investigation concerning an incident in which popular rapper Cardi B threw a microphone at a concertgoer. The incident transpired last weekend at Drai's Beachclub, after a member of the audience reportedly hurled water at the performer.
A widely-shared video on social media depicted the "WAP" star reacting by tossing her microphone into the crowd. However, after a detailed investigation, the police have opted not to press charges due to "insufficient evidence."
Case Closed: No Charges Filed
The authorities released an official statement, saying, "After a thorough review of this case and with the consultation from the Clark County District Attorney's Office, this case has been closed as having insufficient evidence.
No charges will be filed in relation to this case." Lawyers representing the Grammy Award-winning artist expressed their gratitude to the police for their "diligent and prompt resolution of this matter" in statements reported by various media outlets.
The incident unfolded during a lively performance. Earlier in the concert, Cardi B had playfully asked a different audience member to spray water on her back as she faced away from the crowd. However, she took offense when another audience member unexpectedly threw water, which struck her face.
This prompted her to throw the microphone. Security footage and eyewitness accounts captured the events from multiple angles, showing security staff surrounding the perpetrator while retrieving the rapper's microphone. Las Vegas police later received a report from an attendee alleging battery, but ultimately concluded that no crime was committed.
Adding to the unusual nature of the incident, the microphone is now reportedly being auctioned off on eBay by the owner of an audio company, with bids exceeding $99,000 at the time of this report. Cardi B, renowned for hits such as "I Like It," "Up," "Bodak Yellow," and her provocative duet with Megan Thee Stallion, "WAP," is not the first performer to face such an experience on stage.
Recent months have seen similar occurrences involving other artists like Harry Styles, Pink, Bebe Rexha, and others. In one particularly bizarre episode, Pink was stunned when a bag of human ashes was thrown on stage, while Rexha ended up hospitalized after being struck by a phone.
Such incidents have triggered reactions from various artists, with Adele humorously warning her Las Vegas audience against attempting anything similar. These events spotlight the unpredictability of live performances and the challenges faced by artists in maintaining a connection with their audience while ensuring their personal safety and the integrity of their performances.
The resolution of Cardi B's case without charges offers a conclusion to one such episode, while leaving lingering questions about audience behavior at live shows.