Those who indulge in reality television can tell when a person gracing their screens is thirsty for attention (that is, more so than your typical fame seeking TV personality). That’s why as soon as I spotted Nia Crooks on a recent episode of Basketball Wives I knew she was parched for the spotlight – so much so that I had to have a sip of water in her honor. However, the manner in which she chose to score cheap fame has landed her in legal trouble.
As many of you saw this week (and if you don’t partake in the nonsense because your entertainment palette is of higher footing, I hear Chips Ahoy has a special prize waiting), a very lively Nia said to series regular Jennifer Williams, “Do I need to slap you in the face to wake you up?” Jen said, “I wish you would!” And – boom – she got popped.
But as I noted on Twitter, “PSA: If you can’t part with the TV stand you’ll have to sell on Craigslist to cover court costs, don’t slap the saddity. They will sue.”
And so Jen has, filing a civil suit in New York against Nia on assault and battery charges.
The idea of a celebrity holding a press conference to publicize a lawsuit centered on an incident that took place while filming their reality show has understandably caused people to suck their teeth in disgust. Yet, regardless of how you feel about the way it was announced, here’s to hoping that Williams’ suit against her former assistant and ex-friend Nia Crooks instills a valuable lesson in her and other aspiring reality TV stars.
There’s constant talk about how reality TV enables people to humiliate themselves for money and celebrity, but increasingly we see people trying to net both at the expense of humiliating others.
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