Cardi B demands justice for Club Lust.
Cardi B has never been one to shy away from her history as a stripper, openly talking about it in interviews and referencing it in her songs. In a show of stripper solidarity, Cardi B has expressed outrage over the closing down of New York's Club Lust, the club where she used to strip before she became famous.
The club, also known as Love & Lust, shut down after an alleged shakedown by members of the NYPD, who allegedly were unjustly targeting the club, as well as demanding gifts and favors from the owner. Imran Jairam, Love & Lust's owner, has filed a $125 million claim in an attempt to prove these allegations, according to Page Six.
On her Instagram story yesterday, Cardi shared her concerns over the club's fate, saying, "Justice for LUST!!! Come on now that’s f ucked up, never a shoot out, nobody ever got murked. Its like you can’t win for shit!!! OPEN THEM LOCKS."
The club has been a favorite among local rappers. 50 Cent has recently found himself in trouble while also trying to defend the club. In an Instagram post, 50 refers to a NYPD Deputy Inspector and uses his catchphrase, "get the strap." The police appeared to take that as a threat, and 50 reportedly ended up under police investigation over the post. The club was also the site of the squashing of beef between Tekashi 6ix9ine and Casanova.
While the club is closed, the formerly employed strippers will be forced to work elsewhere. The NYPD, on their part, claim that the club is trying to "shift focus from their bad conduct."