Ceaser Emanuel of Black Ink Crew is under investigation by local law enforcement and the Fulton County Animal Services Department for alleged dog cruelty.
Disturbing footage of the 43-year-old star showing him kicking and beating his dog with a folding chair, filmed with a Ring doorbell camera, recently surfaced online.
Emanuel explained in the video that his “crazy” behavior was his attempt to stop a violent fight between his dogs, and his rep told TMZ that police had “questioned” the incident.
Sparking outrage: Black Ink’s Ceaser Emanuel under investigation by Fulton County Animal Services and local law enforcement for alleged dog cruelty
A representative for the tattoo artist noted that authorities found his dog “safe, healthy, and showing no signs of abuse.”
“Although his behavior was totally inappropriate, [Ceasar] Sincere apology, it feels really bad. He was dealing with death threats, which left him terrified and frustrated,” the representative told the media.
He continued: “His only goal was to build an empire that would help create jobs and make the black community in the tattoo industry successful because there were so few communities there.”
Bad: This comes after disturbing footage of the 43-year-old star showing him kicking and beating his dog with a folding chair, filmed with a Ring doorbell camera, recently surfaced online
In an interview with TMZ earlier this week, Emanuel said it was “just in time” and he hoped he “could take it back,” before explaining that he “goes home” and sees his dogs “attacking each other.”
“I didn’t mean just fighting like normal people, I mean, they were fighting each other, basically trying to kill each other,” the reality star recalled.
He admitted he was “nervous” and “frightened” and tried to “get the dog to back down” as he tried to defuse the dog’s fight.
“Not once did I try to abuse this dog,” he said. “All I want to do is get him back into the cage.”
Under investigation: Emanuel explained in video that his ‘crazy’ behavior was his attempt to stop a violent fight between his dogs, his rep tells TMZ
As well as revealing that he gave one of the dogs to a friend, he also noted that he knew he “did a mistake”.
On Thursday, Emanuel was fired from the VH1 series Black Ink Crew over the recording.
“We have made the decision to sever ties with Ceaser Emanuel of Black Ink Crew in New York,” a spokesperson for the network told TMZ. “As production is nearing completion next season, this decision will not affect the upcoming season.”
Series insiders say that while production is in the final stages, the situation will be resolved in the series.
Severing ties: Emanuel was fired from VH1 series Black Ink Crew on Thursday after he was seen abusing dogs in a video
A source told the outlet that the show’s producers were shocked by the footage.
In the video, which circulated online on Wednesday, Emanuel was allegedly seen physically abusing the canine.
The show’s Donna Lombardi posted the clip, writing: “I didn’t even get into this man’s life, but this video has me devastated.”
She added, “I pray people see you, @ceaserblackink, you are a monster.”
While production is in the final stages, the situation surrounding Emanuel will be resolved in the series, insiders of the series say
“If you can treat a dog that way, it shows how much you hate a person,” Lombardi said.
She added that “fees need to be pressed” and “needs to be cancelled” related to the clip.
Lombardi added: “Everyone must be held accountable! This narrative cannot be changed!
Emanuel’s attorney, Walter Mosley, told TMZ there was “no police involvement” in the case because “the video is old” and “he was shot at his Atlanta residence during the COVID lockdown.”
Emanuel has been in the collection since its debut in 2013, as it documents the business of his Harlem-based shop, Black Ink Tattoo. Emanuel has also appeared on shows like Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta and Love & Hip-Hop: New York.
The show’s Donna Lombardi says ‘needs to be pressed’ and ‘needs to be canceled’ related to clips
The show’s Donna Lombardi posted the video, writing: “I didn’t even get into this man’s life, but this video has me devastated”