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Is reality TV just another breeding ground for lawsuits and brawls? The new Basketball Wives lawsuit centers on stars Tami Roman and Meeka Claxton.
According to Claxton, Roman beat her up when they were at some nightclub in Italy, according to TMZ.
Claxton is so upset about the alleged beat-down that she has filed a lawsuit New York, asking for damages - including punitive damages.
According to the filed complaint, Roman "assaulted, battered, beat, threatened, menaced, attacked jumped on, pushed to the ground, thrashed, punched and shoved" Claxton on May 15, 2011.
Ouch. If the allegations are true, the altercation must have been fairly painful indeed. And, like most good reality TV, the fight is set to be broadcast later on the reality show, according to Gather.
Her listed causes of actions include assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and intentional interference with contractual relations. Claxton says that she was forced to miss a day of filming because of her injuries, and as a result lost out on some pay.
Was Roman's alleged beat-down something that could actually constitute a claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress? Maybe not, considering the claim usually requires extreme and outrageous conduct that goes beyond all possible bounds of decency. Brawls are usually violent, but they aren't usually something that would fall under this category.
Note that the fight also occurred in Italy, not in the U.S. The current lawsuit is civil in nature, and is not criminal. Usually, criminal charges can only be filed by the prosecutors. Individuals cannot start their own criminal lawsuit.
The civil lawsuit will likely result in another Tami Roman and Meeka Claxton showdown. Except this time, instead of using fists, they'll be using the law via their Basketball Wives lawsuit.