Cast members of VH1’s Black Ink Crew are no stranger to controversy. Over the years, viewers have watched as friends turned to foes, social media insults made headlines, and child abuse allegations came to light. Naturally, it has all worked in the show’s favor to reel in viewers.
However, it appears that the most shocking scandal is centered around the boss, Ceasar Emanuel.
Ceasar’s road to stardom has been marked with some troubling events. He has seemingly faced everything from child support issues to public feuds with fellow tattoo artists.
The mogul's latest stunt has caused VH1 to cut ties with him, and now he's speaking out. Of course, fans want to know all of the tea. So, what happened to Ceaser Emanuel? Get ready for a hearty serving of drama.
Why did Ceaser leave 'Blank Ink Crew'? He was fired in June 2022 after a dog abuse video surfaced.
A wise person once said what’s in the dark always comes to light. And it appears that one of Ceaser’s skeletons has fallen out of his closet, which has caused VH1 to sever ties with him.
On June 22, 2022, a video of Ceaser allegedly abusing his dog made its rounds on social media. In the video, it appears that Ceaser is hitting the animal with a folded chair and kicking him. As expected, this left a bad taste in many people’s mouths.
Aside from Ceaser being read for filth online, VH1 quickly stepped in to deliver the final crushing blow: Ceasar’s pink slip. Per TMZ, the network shared that Ceaser is officially off the show. However, since filming for Season 10 is nearly complete, producers plan on potentially addressing this situation on the show.
"We have made the decision to cut ties with Ceaser Emanuel from Black Ink Crew New York,” a VH1 rep told the outlet. “Since next season was close to finishing production, this decision will not impact the upcoming season."
Additionally,TMZ reports that his lawyer, Walter Mosley, shared that the incident occurred during the height of COVID-19 at his Atlanta residence, and that currently "there is no police involvement."
Ceaser Emanuel broke his silence about the dog abuse video.
Ceaser went on to reveal his side of the story: On June 25, 2022, Ceaser spoke with TMZ about the unfortunate incident and shared that he simply was "breaking up a fight" between his dogs and one of the animals turned on him. However, he said he is deeply apologetic for his actions and realizes that "the video looks crazy."
“Even me looking at it, it looks crazy. But it’s a moment in time I wish I could take back," Ceaser told the outlet. "I came home, my dogs is attacking each other. And I don’t mean the regular, just play fighting. I mean they was going for each other’s necks, basically trying to kill each other.”
Ceaser went on to explain that he had no intention of abusing the dogs, but rather he was only trying to deescalate the situation by "opening the garage door."
Interestingly, Ceaser shared that the timing of the video release is questionable, which he feels proves his belief that he's being set up.
“I don’t know how the footage got leaked,” Ceaser said. “I know that was off my Ring camera … I’ma keep it a buck with you. I feel like I’m being set up in some way because the way I’m being portrayed, that’s not my character.”
In a June 27, 2022, interview with On tha Radar's Kiotti Brown, Ceaser said that he thinks his ex-girlfriend, Suzette Samuel, was responsible for leaking the video.
Ceaser claimed that since he ended the relationship with Suzette, she retaliated by releasing the video. Ceaser also said that the video is old, without giving an exact timeline for when the incident occurred.
However, Ceaser's daughter Cheyenne has also spoke her piece about the situation. In an Instagram Stories post (shared by The Shade Room), the teen claims that the dog video is Ceaser's "karma."
After the dog video surfaced, Donna Lombardi calling for Ceaser's removal from the show.
It’s no secret that Ceaser and Donna Lombardi are not on good terms. Over the years, Donna has called out the Black Ink mogul for his lack of respect, while Ceaser shared that Donna has a sense of entitlement. Donna also had relations with Ceaser’s ex-fiancée, Dutchess Lattimore.
Not to mention, Ceaser called Donna the worst tattoo artist of all time on Black Ink Crew. So, it’s safe to say that these two have serious beef.
Upon learning about the animal abuse video, Donna called out VH1 and Ceaser.
In a lengthy Instagram caption, Donna shared that Ceaser has a history of bad behavior — including allegations of child abuse — but the network protected him. Donna also shared that charges should be filed against Ceaser and that she hoped the world sees the mogul for who he is. The reality star also called Ceaser a “monster.”
Some people made it a point to call Donna out for being “petty” since she was fired from the show in Season 9. However, others stand with Donna since animal abuse is a serious matter.