VH1 says it will “cut ties” with New York Black Ink Crew star Ceaser Emanuel following an outcry over a video showing him abusing dogs.
The show follows the daily operations of Emanuel’s shop, Black Ink Tattoo, in the Harlem section of Manhattan. He also has studios in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Orlando and Houston.
The show is currently in production for its 10th season. Emanuel has been a part of the series since its premiere in 2013.
A VH1 spokesperson said, “We have made the decision to cut ties with Ceaser Emanuel from New York Black Ink Crew. Since next season was about to finish production, this decision will not impact the upcoming season.
The channel should address the situation in some form during the show.
Ceaser’s attorney, Walter Mosley, told TMZ the video was old. “There is no police involvement,” Mosley said. “It was shot at his residence in Atlanta during COVID.”
The video that led to Caesar’s downfall surfaced on Wednesday. The snaps show Ceaser appearing to beat and abuse dogs, which sparked outrage online.
Ceaser co-star Donna Lombardi reposted the clip online and said, “I don’t even get into this man’s life, but this video has upset me so much.”
She called on the network to cancel it altogether. “I pray people see you, @ceaserblackink, for the monster that you are.”