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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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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!

811 days ago


Good for Jennifer!!! I hope all "hoodrats" like Nia have been put on notice!

If Jennifer does not want to be friends with Nia anymore...Nia GET OVER IT!!!

Evelyn the UNHAPPY CHEAP WOMAN used you! She instigated the entire thing! I hope you have to pay a lot of money to defend yourself "stupid"!

How sad that a grown woman would just attack another woman because she does not want to be friends! **smh**

811 days ago


I'm curious..are these people actors or witches? Unbelievable. It's obvious that Evelyn is jealous of Jennifer..the classiest of all of these individuals. Entertainment based on other peoples character flaws.

811 days ago


TMZ has turned into BET

810 days ago


Shaunie is nothing more than a catalyst. She throws rocks and then hide her hands. Shaunie and Evelyn brought this piece of trash to the meeting thinking that they could just have her do their dirty work and that there would not be any consequences. (Jennifer's Attorney previously put them on notice that, if any violence towards Jennifer occurred, they would be sued) Nia is a thirsty hoodrat for letting Shaunie and Evelyn put her up to that. She should have requested hair and makeup because those bald edges, fugly hairpiece and hideous lipstick was not looking good. Anyhow, getting back to the point,Shaunie, Evelyn and Tami set this up and they are nothing more than trash. Evelyn is always throwing things at people and this is dangerous behaviour. Shaunie didn't find it too amusing that the plate and wine bottle almost struck her, it should have. Tami is nothing more than Tami "hoodrat" Roman, as Meeka Claxton told her previously. Tami going to bogus therapy and making rape allegations is just to try and get empathy from the judge for her attack on Meeka Claxton. Tami is gross and looks like someone who suffers from body odor. To sum it all up, they are miserable and I am happy that Jennifer has pressed charges on these pieces of trash.

810 days ago


Oh! so wonderful! nia got what nia deserves due to evelyn's manipulation. What a be used by evelyn. Has evelyn made any offer to help you with your legal fees? Oh you've been so stupid trying very hard to make a name for yourself on TV and you surely got what you asked for. I guess after this you really don't want to be a public sore in the eye anymore.

810 days ago


That's not fair, what about that big mouth, big teeth latino alligator woman Evelyn who has been breaking bottles and threatening the other girls on the set and using every swore word that come out that alligator mouth. She should have been kicked off the set a very long time ago and arrested. This is why my family, friends and myself just do not watch nor support the show. If it's violence and ghetto is what this show is trying to show and thinks ratings are going to get higher, they have really fall especially, if they keep that alligator big mouth and big teeth latino on the show, that's the one charges should have been brought against. Her and Zimmerman must be cousins.

810 days ago

jeff johnson    

Very trashy. Why is this show called the basketball wives anyway. Only one us married and she is going through a divorce. It is obvious that the show has two bullies and the other women with exception of Jen just suck up to them. After watching this show what man in his right mind would want to be with any of these unclassy money hunger women?

810 days ago


I think these girls hgave no class and all they wanna do is fight. Evelyn needs to grow up she's like 40 something and still throwing blows. Please grow up! I am a fan of Jennifer and she does not deserve that.

810 days ago

Bham chick    

I hope Mia Nia whatever that irrelevant chick name who trying to gain fame be charge and see how it feels in the slammer when she call herself threatening someone in there without Ev ass by her side

810 days ago


Why can't these women just get along? There childish!

810 days ago


nia need to find another wig, and jen do need to press charges, because ii's all in the show were nia said shews goingto slap jen. jen, shaunie, royce and are the classy ones on the show. shunie work your strings aon that puppet evelyn, i know your fingers are tired. and for tammi you got daughters act like shaunie, don't let your daughters see that and when you went to the priemer with jen why you din't accost her then, so you started the entire thing again shaunie work your strings. royce i loveyou you are the one.

810 days ago


Jennifer Williams is so gross as a person just a gold digger plain and simple........This show does give good black women a bad name and make them look like money hungry whores.....Glad I dont date LOUD WOMEN!........

809 days ago

Drk Gntlmn    

Eve and Nia straight up need their asses kicked! Evelyn is all mouth and wants to throw things. This show is pathetic. I think Suzie is a dumbass too.

809 days ago


You can't sign a contract agreeing to be the victim of a crime. That's just silly

809 days ago
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