The star of the popular VH1 reality series, Black Ink Crew, Caeser Emanuel has been fired from the show after a video surfaced of him allegedly abusing dogs, reports say.
In the video, which was shared by a Twitter account called GotCityTea and again by TMZ, a figure presumed to be Emanuel is seen viciously hitting a dog with a chair and within a minute later, kicking a dog’s crate down a slight incline—with the dog inside.
A spokesperson for VH1 told TMZ, "We have made the decision to cut ties with Ceaser Emanuel from Black Ink Crew New York. Since next season was close to finishing production, this decision will not impact the upcoming season."
However, the gossip site is reporting that while production is wrapping up—some things are being kept open to properly address Emanuel’s exit.
In an update posted yesterday afternoon to TMZ, Emanuel’s attorney Walter Mosley told TMZ, “There is no police involvement. The video is old. It was shot at his residence in Atlanta during COVID."
Caeser has been on the show since its inception in 2013. It is currently in its 10th season. The reality series follows him and other tattoo artists at his popular tattoo shop—Black Ink. It is shot primarily at the Harlem location, but there are five other studios in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Orlando, and Houston.
One cast member, Donna Lombardi shared the clip and expressed her disdain reportedly writing, "I don't even get into the life of this man, but this video made me so upset."
Per TMZ, Lombardi called on VH1 to cancel him completely ... adding "I pray the people see you, @ceaserblackink, as the monster you are."