‘Black Ink Crew’ Ceaser Alum Emanuel Charged With Animal Cruelty Over Leaked Video

Black Ink Crew Ceaser Emanuel star was fired from the franchise after video showed him punching his dog. The clip also resulted in the reality TV personality being accused of animal cruelty.

Ceaser Emanuel charged with animal cruelty

At the end of June 2022, a video went viral on Twitter illustrating Black Ink Crew star Ceaser Emanuel appearing to hit a dog. The clip quickly made its way on social media, which caused backlash.

VH1 responded to the outcry a day later by publicly announcing its decision to part ways with the tattoo artist. After the reality star responded to the clip, TMZ reported that Georgia-based Fulton County Animal Services and the South Fulton Police Department saw the video and began investigating the situation.

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According to Emanuel’s attorney, Walter Mosley, the incident occurred during the 2020 pandemic, but the department said it could still charge the New York native. Additionally, his team previously claimed Fulton County police have already reviewed the situation and cleared Emanuel of any wrongdoing.

In July, People.com reported that he had been charged with two counts of animal cruelty and one count of aggravated animal cruelty. Emanuel was jailed and released the same day. According to his team, the tattoo artist “voluntarily surrendered” and assures that he is “cooperating fully” with the police “to bring them justice for this incident”.

Emanuel pictured punching dog in viral clip

In the two-minute clip, Shot from a Ring camera attached to her home, the reality TV star is pictured chasing her dog from the garage into the driveway.

Emanuel kicked the dog at one point and hit the animal twice with a bent chair. The owner of a New York-based tattoo shop also put the dog in a crate and rolled it down a hill.

After the video was released, Emanuel’s lawyer responded in a statement in which he referred to his client as “a passionate dog lover”. Mosley maintained the situation arose after the dog attacked other dogs and admitted that Emanuel had “poor judgement” when handling animals.

VH1 was also quick to respond to the issue, announcing its decision to fire him after nearly a decade with the franchise. As filming for the upcoming season 10 is almost complete, the network noted that his departure would not affect him. However, the future of the flagship series is still up in the air.

The tattoo artist accused someone of leaking the images

Following his firing, Emanuel opened up about the situation in an interview with TMZ.

He admitted the clip “sounded crazy” and noted that he regretted his actions, but insisted he acted in defense of small animals. Additionally, the reality star explained that he only tried to scare the dog, not hurt him.

Emanuel revealed that he gave away one of the dogs and went to dog school with the other to learn techniques for dealing with similar situations.

The tattoo artist also admitted he felt “somehow set up” as the footage came from a personal Ring camera. He then accused an ex-girlfriend, presumably Suzette Samuel, who he was dating at the time, of leaking the video in revenge. Black Ink Crew broadcast on VH1.

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Jennifer R. Strohm