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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

"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.


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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What hood rats. Jen should just walk away. Evelyn and her rat assistant need a good lesson in class, anger management,
and manners. Oh, and Ocho stinko is gonna marry a rat like that. Gold digger from the get go.

852 days ago


Ooo Evelyn you're so "bad ass" walk right in the line of the body guards to "attempt" to threaten Jennifer. Seriously Evelyn???? My god these ladies are a bunch mindless puppets, and most of them fear their puppet master Evelyn.

852 days ago


How are they going to defend a video. It was on tape. I think Nia should go after Evelyn too she was probably the one who told her to do it and put it in her head! Evelyn has no class and all she does is fight. what man wants to marry someone that acts like she is in grade school when all she does is fights with someone because she heard from a third party on what you said and who cares what people say about you Its there right to say what ever they want and npt get beat up for it!!!

852 days ago

Someone's goldfish    

"The women on the show executed contracts expressly accepting the risk that a physical altercation could occur."

What kind of (lifestyle) show would need that in the contract?

852 days ago


I started watching this show because I thought Shawnie was a really good person, I respected how she handled herself after Shaq. But now, I will never watch this show again. All I see is everyone who is friends with Evelyn must be a mean girl to be close to her. As a black woman, all this behavior is terrible. Women stand up for what is right. If Shawnie dosen't like Jen, she should tell her. Evelyn runs the show. They all kiss up to her, even Shawnie. Friend or not, a true friend will never put a friend in danger or damage the reputation of the show. Unless this is the goal. All I see a a non black woman, getting the black women to hate each other. Here is a clue, why don't you all stick together and straighten out Evelyn, who I use to think a lot of.

852 days ago


Good I'm glad she pressing charges, and its on Evelyn you need to get it together, you really make your self look real dumb,play jungle julia across the tables, that Nia Crooks, that was wrong... Good for you Jen.

852 days ago


I am disgusted with so many of these "housewives shows" THey portry women in the worst possible light. The women are mean, backstabbing bullies. THey are loud vulgar and low class even when you dress themup in designer clothes and put them in million dollars houses they foreclose on THey are disgusting wanna bes. Show real housewives who are dealing with real life... taking their kids to school, going to jobs, PTO meetings, doing homework not having cat fights and doing lunch. Hollywood you digust me. I hope this woman wins her lawsuit and sues the program so it goes off the air with all these other shows as well.

852 days ago


Nia was wrong period. Evelynn planned this!

852 days ago


this is crap! Why didn't she file the charges in Jan?

852 days ago


She may not be able to SUE, but she can press charges and the legal system then takes over.

852 days ago


And she should check her anger management.

852 days ago


"Vindicated"??!! She won't be vindicated. Even if she isn't forced to pay legally she still committed the act so there can be no vindication of her behavior.

852 days ago


So Jen wants to complaint against violence only when it happens to HER?? lol.What a trifling phony golddigging ho! What about when she instigated & promoted violence against SANDRA007 twice??? (when Sandra had nothing to do w her ugly husband Eric) Jennifer had the other skank Suzie do the dirty for her throwing water at Sandra007. Shame on Jennifer for acting like she is not of the same cloth like Evelyn, Suzie, Tammy, Shaunie etc. They are all desperate for limelight, willing to do anything for it. So when the wheel turns against her, she goes crying Gtfoh!Besides being a goldiggin big elf looking like ho, Jennifer is also Stupid!!! Cuz otherwise she wouldve known that they would turn against her too as she participated in turning on other ppl. U reap what u sow Jennifer. So if ur better than that, quit the show! SANDRA DID!!! They tried to call Sandra all kinds of things to make themslves look better on tv, but it goes to show that Sandra is the ONLY non groupie in that show, & w class & true to her word!Not to mention younger, prettier & smarter than the classless groupiewives. So Jennifer needs to publicly apologize to Sandra if she is trying to claim she doent condone violence! U cnt participate in it but talk against it. She is so lowlife #TeamSandra007

852 days ago


People should remember how Jennifer instigated & participated in violence against Sandra007 Lopez twice on the show without Sandra having anything to do w Eric!!! People should go and tweet Jennifer to stfu w the phony fake bs she is doing crying wolf now after u were ok w it b4. Classles spineless goldigging ho thats what Jennifer is. Pretending to be better than the rest of the old classless hos on the show..but she is not! Sandra was the only one that kept it real on this pathetic show. #TEAMSANDRA007

852 days ago


Thats right charge that ghetto trash! What makes her think she is going to get somewhere talking anything out slapping someone in the face. I hope they look at the tape of the show cus she was definately slapped, if not jen would not be suing. She was hit! You could tell she was actually hit by her actions and Jenn is not a fighter. She should have tried harder to defend herself or at least get up out of the chair. I wish I could have jumped thru the tv and got Jenn up out that chair cus she waited for the troll to come around the table, and was still sitting down when she got around to her. She told a radio show that she thought the crew or producers would step in and stop anything from happening but they let that happen just like they let meeka get popped by Tami and that was the slap heard around the world. I like Tami but I would try to take everything she has on that one. It was pain, and humiliation and I would have had her arrested right there on the show where the slap was! When the cops arrive I would make sure they know I am the injured party so they could take her to jail right then and there! Tami was drunk at the time too! Please! Jenn should have stayed at that racetrack and got the police on Nia and Evelyn cus Ev threatened her and witness saw her jump cross the table, fighting the security to get to Jenn. Then ev has the nerve to cry over the fact that Jenn said harsh words about Nia's living arrangements the fact that she has nothing! Jenn should have cut her with her tongue with words since she could not touch the girl. Jenn was slapped! I would have said worse than that. Nia would have been crying when I got thru with her! Words can cut just like a knife! Oh well Jenn will definately not be friends with them now. So what! who cares! Ev has already burned that bridge and I dont think that Jenn wants to go back to that drama anyway! Ev is the one that is hurt the most not jenn. Jenn is happy and she should be for all the crying she has done over Eric. I hope they keep that troll is put under the jail and sued since Ev is paying her! Get that paper Jenn! and put her in jail for a year! That is good for that animal!

852 days ago
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