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'Basketball Wives' -- Nia Crooks

Charged with Battery

for Insane Slap Attack

4/20/2012 3:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Basketball Wives" star Nia Crooks has been charged with misdemeanor battery for pimp slappin' the taste out of Jennifer Williams' mouth back in January ... TMZ has learned.

A rep for the Broward County State's Attorney's Office tells us ... officials decided to file the charge on April 10 ... after Williams filed a criminal complaint.

If convicted, Nia faces up to a year in the slammer.

During the incident, which aired on last week's episode of "Basketball Wives" -- Nia can be heard threatening to slap Jennifer ... to which Jennifer replied, "I wish you would." Her wish was granted.

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4:39 PM PST --
Nia's lawyer Marc David Seitles tells TMZ ...  "We will vigorously defend Nia against these charges. The women on the show executed contracts expressly accepting the risk that a physical altercation could occur."

The lawyer adds, "Given that Jennifer herself has previously instigated fights on the show, to cry foul now is absurd and a desperate attempt for publicity and money. We will fight until Nia is vindicated."
 
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16.

NobodySpecial    

Can't we just arrest everyone who is currently on a reality TV show and send them off to a small island to fight it out to the death and the rest of us can just get back to civility ?

731 days ago
17.

Joan K    

If it was two white idiots I would say white trash but since this time it is two black idiots I will say it, Black Trash.

731 days ago
18.

Keyser Söze    

Reality TV may have skew the views of morons out there, but, yes, it turns out that you still may end up in jail if you start slapping people around for no dam reason.

The most surprising thing about this news? That it doesn't happen more often.

731 days ago
19.

Trooper Tom    

When are we going to get some decent shows on TV, sh*t like this and all the other wives of what ever, the Kardashian skanks, Jersey Shore its all effing CRAP

731 days ago
20.

sPaNkdEnALgAs    

Evelyn and the other one....(forgot her name...I stopped watching) created this monster & made her feel like she was the shnit. Deal people, deal.

731 days ago
21.

Cooley    

When has Jennifer ever started or instigated a fight on the show?

731 days ago
22.

Toilethead    

Put them all in jail! The world will be a much better place.

731 days ago
23.

LoveMiamiBlog    

Listen I live in Miami-Dade and there are bitches who test you here BEYOND.

I've lived internationally in some of the best places and one of my favorite fantasies is pushing the bitch over the way down the stairs and breaking her neck...

No apologies, she's evil and deserves it.

Didn't see the TV stuff mentioned here though...

731 days ago
24.

Bird    

What a baby! That pitiful little slap wasn't anything. Quit crying and get over it, bitch!

731 days ago
25.

tbabyluvu    

Thats right Jen ! file a law suit, do watever you need to do. I dont care about a clause in a contract,she had no right to hit you Nor does Sir Evelyn,, wat iz wrong with these women? or is this all for show ? who knows but stop hating on Pretty Jennifer ! shes hot and They just MAD. look at Nia ? who is she ? where the fudge did she come from ? get out of here as Sir Evelyn would say.. do u Jen, fudge them HaTERS !!

731 days ago
26.

Barb    

I would like to see the creator(s) of this crappy show be arrested for something. Anything. Please.

731 days ago
27.

Miss Dee     

I think it is ridicious for these grown women to act so immature. I can not believe Evelyn ran across the table like that! Very sad. I'm sick of seeing these ladies fighting, cussing and acting like any old dude on the streets. Good for you Jen. Thanks for taking a stand!

731 days ago
28.

Carl    

If I was on the jury there is no way I'd convict her. It is the kind of reality TV show that actively encourages conflict and you know what you are getting into if you join the show. Maybe if the woman used some sort of weapon that would be crossing the line, but a slap is par for the course.

731 days ago
29.

Valgin    

I wonder how many of you use the term "ghetto" to describe Mob Wives? I'm not condoning the behavior some of these women have displayed on Basketball Wives; however, I get damn tired of how "ghetto" is banded about in regards to them when the mob wives are trashy, classless, foul-mouth and rowdy. But, never are they referred to as "ghetto." Hmmmm

731 days ago
30.

Anonymous    

Nia's lawyer Marc David Seitles tells TMZ ... "The women on the show executed contracts expressly accepting the risk that a physical altercation could occur."

Mr. Seitles, Lawyering 101: Contracts cannot overrule laws. An absurd example: You put into a contract that if you don't pay your rent, your lawyer can shoot you. You signed it, but you bet the landlord would go to prison for life if he executes (pun intended) that clause.

731 days ago
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