Basketball Wives’ Jennifer Williams Sues Evelyn Lozada’s Assistant

Published by Natasha Fierce on Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 10:00 am.

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Jennifer Williams is taking her fight with Evelyn Lozada’s assistant Nia Crooks from the street to the court room. The Basketball Wives star, who was slapped by Crooks during an altercation on the show, is suing her former friend’s employee for “negligent, reckless and careless” behavior.

Williams filed a civil complaint in Manhattan Supreme Court alleging assault and battery against Crooks, referencing the fight that took place on January 21 in a VIP suite at the Gulfstream Park race track in Florida.

“Someone needs to put a number on this bitch and let her race around the track because she’s acting like an animal,” Williams said of Crooks on Monday’s episode of the VH1 series.

According to court papers, Williams sustained “serious injuries” and “suffered pain, shock [and] mental anguish” after being slapped by Crooks as their cast mates and crew members jumped to break up the fight. Williams is seeking monetary and punitive damages.

In addition to the suit filed in Manhattan, Williams’ attorney Sanford Rubenstein says his client also filed a criminal complaint in Florida.

“Violence used against any woman is wrong,”  the reality star tells the New York Daily News. “I chose to use the justice system to fight back. If I can have a positive effect for women by fighting back with civil litigation it serves an important purpose.”

Even if she doesn’t win the monetary damages from the suit, Williams should get a nice salary bump from VH1 for this extra credit drama. But a positive effect on women? You keep telling yourself that, Jenny. Still, the former Mrs. Eric Williams does seem pretty traumatized by the event, and she has the right to put our criminal justice system to use. So, go get yours, girl.

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Girls Said on

I hope Jenn win big time because they always staging fight and throwing
something, that’s so old and Evelyn needs to be more mature and quit thriving off fight and start acting and learning more educated thing, for her daughter and her daughter’s friends sake!

LD Said on

good for you jen.,you are too classy to stoop to the level of these thuggish women [evelyn and her assistant] the’re probably angry because you have drop them and no longer wish to associate with’re beatiful and has a lot of class, i hope only the best for you.

Angel Said on

Sign the online petition to boycott Evelyn Lozada’s new show.

Isis Phoenix Said on

Boycotting the Basketball Wives of Miami and Los Angeles
VH1 and its corporate parent, Viacom Entertainment has aired 4 seasons of their Basketball Wives television franchise. The show was initially promoted as an avenue for viewers to grow, learn and discuss the successes and perils of life as a “basketball wife.” However, the show has proven to be nothing more than a set of glossy choreographed boxing matches marked by superficiality and monumental levels of bullying. In the year 2012, where we have a Bi-racial president and an African American first lady, we need not be “tragically colored.” The reality series perpetuates the most vulgar stereotypes about women of color particularly, Black women. The show has very few redeeming qualities if any at all. Young people across the nation tune into to the most grotesque illustrations of black femininity. Women well beyond their child-bearing years, cursing, fighting and destroying property. One would have to assume that the show’s wild success presents a complicated problem for thoughtful, scripted and well crafted television. American popular culture has taken on a particular tone similar to that of Ancient Rome. Americans have become a ravenous community obsessed with the “spectacle.” Romans were consumed with their violent gladiators and many Americans are consumed with their tragic reality t.v. “stars.” These questionable activities occur all in the name of entertainment. Hollywood is a beautiful cultural mosaic made mostly out of broken dreams and broken people. But, we refuse to partake in Black cultural degradation and misappropriation. In the year 2000, we thought that the matrix would hijack us little did we know that we would run towards it with open arms. It is beginning to border on exploitation and we are all finally tapping out on this one. We are people of color and we are talented, determined and cosmically powerful. We embody light and love. We do not want to see these types of representations of Black women on VH1 in the form of Basketball Wives Miami or Los Angeles!

Please click on the petition link below

KmonnA Said on

Celebrity status or not a person has not the right to put their hands on you F.O.I “city rat chick” wanna be ,know your law not just your bi -lines .You were set up by your “rat city chick” employer/mentor ,see if she comes to your defense since she edged you on Keys, stayed at your place… really Were you a friend or looking for an avenue to get in .Well the way the show is heading ,with every public appearance the “rat pack” is fighting ,cursing, throwing things acting like Super Rat Hero, jumping over tables In a single bound,throwing bottles and blows, and threating with every bellowing howl, Your going down the right alley. I diggress, Jennifer, they were forewarned Go gracious Lady Slap that trick with a law suit…

kay Said on

I think Jennifer was doing the right thing by not lowering herself to Ev level and letting the law handle this I think that Ev really need to seek counciling of some sort because she have anger issues that may lead her to jail or death insulting the wrong person I think its very childlike for her to have invited another person that she knew had an issue with Jennifer to the table being that she said she would stay out of it only to add to it “Ev grow up” please the girl have moved on and have no time for your drama ps. who gone check me I wish you would pick something up and throw something my way you havent meet the right chick

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