April 20th, 2012
06:03 PM ET
The attorney for “Basketball Wives” star Jennifer Williams is speaking out on a lawsuit that, according to TMZ, threatens to stand in the way of a reunion episode for the popular VH1 reality series.
Williams, the former wife of NBA player Eric Williams, launched a suit on Wednesday against Nia Crooks, the personal assistant of another star on the show, Evelyn Lozada, alleging she was “viciously attacked” by her.
Williams' attorney called the suit a “serious matter.”
“I think the issue here is violence by women against women,” said personal injury attorney Sanford Rubenstein in an interview with CNN. “When an assault and battery occurs - whether it’s on national TV or in someone’s own home - it’s still assault and battery. Accountability is what this lawsuit is all about."
And, added Rubenstein, “don't forget there’s also the issue of criminality, which is under investigation. So there are issues on both the civil and criminal sides.”
Williams is seeking unspecified damages over the alleged altercation, which she says left her with a whiplash-type neck injury and post-traumatic stress symptoms.
While Rubenstein said he was not aware that the show's other stars are said to have threatened to boycott the reunion show over Williams’ suit, he insists it “doesn’t change anything."
VH1 has yet to return a request for comment.
Yesterday the show's creator, Shaunie O’Neal, weighed in on the matter, though she did not comment on the future of the reunion show specifically.
“I’m extremely happy that 'Basketball Wives' continues to have another successful fourth season,” O’Neal told Vibe. “As there is always controversy and indifference projected on the show, because we are all individual personalities, I always hope that people will find that as much as you may agree or disagree with the opinions, the behavior, [and] even our different taste in shoes, you are taking a look inside the lives of four ... different women. I will never say I agree with some of the behavior between my girlfriends on the show, but if we were to edit certain things out the show would be scripted and not reality."
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