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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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31.

Kelly Kelly    

Point is, black, white, Asian, reality TV, soap opera, you can't go putting your hands on people and get away with it. If you want to fight, go to the UFC, those girls will fight all day and night with ya.

861 days ago
32.

Diego    

Just get a big vat of the liquid/semi-liquid of your choice, let all these dumb-as-rocks skanks wrestle it out and the winner gets a ham and a trip to Disneyland. There rest get exported to Afghanistan. It's amazing to see what little self-respect people have these days. Like someone already mentioned, you can give these people all the money in the world and clean them up a bit but they'll always be class-less ghetto trash.

861 days ago
33.

SImon    

I just started watching this show around six months ago and find Evelyn Lozada very juvenile in her thinking and also juvenile in her thinking 'capabilities' ~ If you watch Evelyn when someone else is talking you can see her brain 'trying' to think and if you watch her when she's talking you can see her brain NOT thinking... it's sort of sad!

That being said, I am so proud of Jennifer Williams for standing up against all this senseless violence that people are committing just to be on TV and because they know they are on TV! It takes a lot of courage to do what Jennifer is doing and I would rather have Ms. Williams stand up and fight against bullying than see any reunion show!

AND Ms. Shaunie O'Neal BETTER realize that she will LOSE EVERY CENT she has if Evelyn ever cuts someone with a broken bottle because Shaunie KNOWS she's violent ~ that's legally called 'being aware'... And Evelyn would get her ass kicked in any true fight with a true girl from the hood ~ she's just frontin' on those girls because they scared of her!

861 days ago
34.

whocares    

This show is trash and its ridiculous that the other girl is suing if she signed a contract stating a physical altercation could occur. Stupid. Read between the lines.

861 days ago
35.

SImon    

AND!!! If one of those bottles Evelyn 'the fronter' threw at Kenya would have cut and killed her ~

NO CONTRACT OR DISCLAIMER would have protected SHAUNIE's MONEY!!! OR should I say SHAQ's MONEY!

You better wise up Shaunie! God's trying to send you a warning here... You getting off LUCKY!!!

Protect your family and get rid of the dum Evelyn, I've always recognized your quiet wisdom on the show ~ SHOW IT!

DUMP THE DREG!

861 days ago
36.

whocares    

Princess Katherine is a Princess with class. Jennifer you are not a Princess. You are an EX wife who signed up for a trashy show.

861 days ago
37.

peoplearesilly    

Stupid childish bull**** nonsense. So sick of these programs. Grown women making complete asses of themselves. Do they not have any self-respect? Good God. TV is making it acceptable to act like complete morons -- so embarrassing to AMERICA AND THOSE OF US WITH CLASS.

861 days ago
38.

gill    

I don't watch the show anymore because it leaves me feeling badly. Its like Mean Girls. Evelyn and Tammy are nasty and the sad part is they have daughters of their own to which they should be positive role models. Instead of showing strong, black women in careers and positive relationships, they instead have "little girls" abusing each other verbally and physically. Very sad. Good for Jennifer.

861 days ago
39.

JmeLove    

I think Jenn is a man...

861 days ago
40.

Rita    

I could have 50 million dollars in the bank and I still would not be friends with any of them, or the Housewifes of NJ, Atlanta, BH, OC or any other counties. This is just middle aged women behaving badly for a pay check. Morals are out the window with these women.

861 days ago
41.

Joshua    

Nia's lawyer is an ignorant ass. They signed contracts that limit the liability (and hold harmless) the network/producers/etc from the women's actions. It expressly states that the women are ON THEIR OWN. You can't have a valid contract that allows an illegal act, such as battery. The show is off the hook, but Nia is on it for her personal actions. This isn't a sanctioned sporting event. I hope they eat the whore's lunch in court.

861 days ago
42.

Melanie    

Glad Jen is suing her. Why doesn't she sue Evelyn while she's at it.

861 days ago
43.

Bo    

Why does TMZ or tv networks waste their time on the "basketball wives"? I hate the show, and never understood why professional sports players waste their resources and time on women.

861 days ago
44.

Jordan    

I would like harvey to explain how it is leagal to put in a contract for a TV show that it is leagal to hit another person but not leagal if it is not on TV such as chris brown and Rhianna?

861 days ago
45.

Tamckay814    

This is unfortunate that someone has been physically abused while filiming this show. Jennifer has also done her fAir share of bullying & drink throwing. No one should b assaulted but what goes around comes around. While she had her hand up Evelyn's ass she was doing the same thing. This show has turned out to be a huge disappointment & if was cancelled wouldn't be missed at all. They have picked a person every season to bully.

861 days ago
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