The stars of VH1’s reality show “Black Ink Crew: Chicago” are no strangers to drama. So, it should be no surprise to hear that the stars of the high rating reality show were involved in a fight at a party back in December. The altercation supposedly took place at a part at 9Mag in Chicago and involved the cast members assaulting a guest named Ronnie Spates.
What has come as a surprise, though, is that the man claiming to be assaulted by the cast members is fighting back in court. Ronnie Spates has filed a lawsuit claiming that cast members Ryan Henry, Van Johnson, Don Brumfield, and Junior Diaz viciously attacked him during a party in Chicago back in December.
The cast and crew of ‘Black Ink Crew: Chicago’ are no strangers to drama, nor is this their first time in the celebrity goss pages. Altercations are a frequent occurrence on the show with one previous incident sticking out more than others.
Last year’s season 4 premiere featured an incident in which Henry destroyed the inside of the 9Mag Tattoo Parlor with a gun. Police was called by a neighbor who reported the damage to property.
As a result, production was shut down for a year while the producers of the show and the crew developed a plan of action moving forward for the show. The owner of Big Fish Entertainment, Dan Cesareo, stated, “We used this opportunity to reassess the safety and security of the team and the community around us. We put significant additional measures in place to keep our cast and our crew and the community around us safe and be a good member of the loft community.”
It appears, however, almost a year after that incident the cast find themselves once again in hot water because of their actions.
The December Incident and Lawsuit
The latest celebrity goss surrounding the cast of the VH1 reality show ‘Black Ink Crew: Chicago’ happened at a party back in December. According to Spates, the victim filing the lawsuit, he was attending a party at 9Mag in Chicago in December when he was attacked.
Cast members Ryan Henry, Van Johnson, Don Brumfield, and Junior Diaz allegedly attacked Spates without provocation. According to the lawsuit Spates suffered serious traumatic injuries as a result of the assault. The lawsuit also claims that the producers of the show were supplying large quantities of alcohol to partiers and the security team failed to prevent the attack.
When the police were called and arrived, they found Spates to be bleeding from the mouth and disoriented. Spates were transported to the nearest hospital where he received stitches for his wounds.
Spates are currently seeking to get $50,000 plus court costs from each of the mentioned cast members and Big Fish Entertainment.
What This Means for VH1 and the Show
It’s difficult to determine what the fallout of this could be if there is any at all. On the one hand the show is well known for featuring altercations and drama. But, to this reporter’s knowledge, have the cast members been sued.
While this could be viewed as a wakeup call for the producers to maybe rein it in a bit, there is a precedent set for not putting their money where their mouths are. With the gun related incident in the season 4 premiere, the founder of the production company released a statement promising to provide better security against these types of problems.
But, if Spates’ lawsuit is to be believed, then the security team did nothing to prevent the assault. And it’s no secret producers encourage bits of drama in reality shows. So, it could be possible the fight was either encouraged directly or indirectly by the producers.
Either way this lands, there will probably be little fallout if any. The stars will lose some money but ultimately VH1 gets press and advertising, ratings will most likely increase as well. All resulting in the show continuing to air as is with no real danger to its survival in the near future. So, rest assured ‘Black Ink’ fans, it’s doubtful this will be the end to the beloved reality series by any stretch.