Ceaser Emanuel has been fired from VH1’s Black Ink Crew after a video surfaced online of the reality star allegedly abusing dogs.
VH1 issued a statement Thursday on social media, confirming Emanuel is off the show.
“We have made the decision to cut ties with Ceaser Emanuel from Black Ink Crew New York,” the network said. “Since next season was close to finishing production, this decision will not impact the upcoming season.”
In a statement to TMZ, Ceaser’s attorney Walter Mosley addressed the issue.
“There is no police involvement. The video is old. It was shot at his residence in Atlanta during COVID,” Mosley said.
The video appeared online Wednesday and quickly went viral. At one point in the footage, a man is seen chasing a dog in front of a home and beating it with a chair.
According to published reports, the video was captured on a Ring camera.
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Donna Lombardi, a tattoo artist who previously starred on the series, reposted the video and demanded VH1 cancel the show.
“If you can treat a dog like this, it shows how sick of a person you truly are. I don’t even get into the life of this man, but this video made me so upset. Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE animals. Especially dogs,” Lombardi wrote on Instagram.
“Even after he beat his daughter up, @vh1 @viacom_intl & the new @blackinkcrew producers tried to protect Ceaser, even made up fake conflicting storylines about my relationship to do it! Now this, cannot be undone,” she added. “I pray the people see you, @ceaserblackink , as the monster you are. Your karma has been adding up for years, but to do this to two innocent dogs!?! This is crazy. CHARGES NEED TO BE PRESSED, and CANCELLATIONS NEED TO BE MADE!”
Urban Hollywood 411 has made the decision not to post the dog abuse video.
Black Ink Crew focuses on Emanuel’s Harlem-based Black Ink tattoo shop and its eclectic staff.
Emanuel rose to fame after the series premiered in 2013. He also serves as a producer on the show.
The series is produced by VH1 Productions and MTV Entertainment Studios. It was previously produced by Big Fish Entertainment. The show’s success led to spinoffs set in Chicago and Compton.