‘Black Ink Crew: Chicago’ has proven to be no different from other reality shows these days, especially on #VH1. We’ve come to expect an argument or even a fight or two every other episode. However, this time, the reality tv drama has resulted in a lawsuit against Ryan Henry, Van Johnson, Don Brumfield, Junior Diaz and the show’s production company, Big Fish Entertainment.
According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Ronnie Spates claims the ‘Black Ink’ stars viciously attacked him during a December party in Chicago. In addition, he says the reality show’s production team is who initiated the fight to make for better TV.
Spates said he was an invited guest to the party, in which show producers filled with a lot of liquor and active encouragement of rowdiness. He said Big Fish representatives “provided large quantities of alcoholic beverages” at the party, and security personnel provided by the production company “failed to prevent the attacks.”
Spates said production wanted to create explosive tv content, so they made the atmosphere almost inevitable to conflict. He claimed he was minding his own business at the party when Henry, Johnson, Brumfield, and Diaz began kicking him relentlessly, leaving him brutally beaten.
Police were called to the same party after it allegedly got violent and law enforcement sources told TMZ, Junior Diaz was accused of sucker punching a guest, presumably Spates. Police said when they arrived to the scene of the incident, they found Spates bleeding from his mouth and disoriented. He was transported to a local hospital and received stitches.
Spates is seeking more than $50,000 in damages, plus lawsuit costs from each cast member and Big Fish Entertainment.