On June 23, VH1 announced that 43-year-old Ceaser Emanuel, who starred in the Black Ink Crew New York reality TV series, was fired after video was leaked showing him allegedly abusing a dog.
The decision to cut ties followed the release of Ring video footage showing Emanuel repeatedly striking a dog with a folding chair. The same video shows the dog locked in a cage and being pushed down a hill.
Emanuel’s co-star, Donna Lombardi, shared the video on her Instagram account, writing:
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.
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!
THE WORLD IS WATCHING! 🙏🏽
The reality star’s lawyer, Walter Mosley, claims that the video is old and that it showed the aftermath of a dog altercation. He said that there was a “lapse in judgment” about how to break the dogs up. After being let go from the television series, Emanuel told TMZ that the Ring video was leaked and that it was a “set up,” explaining that his dogs were fighting and he was attacked by one of the dogs when he tried to break them up.
Comments on the Yahoo news article about this situation reveal doubt from people who watched the video.
Watch the video on Twitter here. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts about what happened.