Basketball Wives' Jennifer Williams Sues Woman for Slapping Her

Celebrity News Apr. 18, 2012 AT 9:47AM
Basketball Wives' Jennifer Williams Sues Woman for Slapping Her Credit: VH1 Networks

Basketball Wives' Jennifer Williams can't believe Nia Crooks slapped her on the April 16 episode of the VH1 hit -- and she's taking Crooks all the way to court to settle their beef.

Filing a civil complaint alleging assault and battery Wednesday, Williams argues that Crooks -- who serves as Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada's personal assistant -- was "negligent, reckless and careless" when slapping Williams across the face during an altercation that took place January 21.

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"Someone needs to put a number on this bitch and let her race around the track because she's acting like an animal," Williams fumed of Crooks on Monday's episode of the VH1 series, which documented the fight that took place in a VIP suite at the Gulfstream Park racetrack in Florida.

According to court papers obtained by Us Weekly, Williams sustained "serious injuries" and "suffered pain, shock [and] mental anguish" after being slapped by Crooks as their cast mates and VH1 crew members tried to break up the fight.

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Williams is seeking unspecified monetary and punitive damages from Crooks. In addition to the suit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Williams' attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, tells Us his client also filed a criminal complaint in Florida.

"Violence used against any woman is wrong," the reality star -- who had a falling out with Lozada after she accused Williams of badmouthing her fiance Chad Ochocinco -- tells Us.

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"I chose to use the justice system to fight back," continues Williams. "If I can have a positive effect for women by fighting back with civil litigation it serves an important purpose."

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