I’m truly happy to see the cast of Martin reunite. I know how important that show was for the culture and in this current season of reboot, it would be a shame for them not to be able to give the people what they want or make so well-deserved money.
When actress Tisha Campbell, “Gina”, was playing coy with Hip Hollywood, it was clear that the reunion moment was in the making. And last night, when Martin Lawrence posted pictures of both Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold kissing him on the cheek, it was confirmed.
Still, the picture left me with questions. For those who don’t know the history, “Martin,” the show, fizzled and then ended (rather poorly) because Tisha Campbell accused Martin Lawrence of sexual harassment. Not just by word of mouth but in the court of law.
An article published in Jet detailed Campbell’s grievances.
– Sexual battery
– Verbal abuse
– Yelling and threatening her on set
– Groping her when they filmed scenes in bed
– Attempting to kiss her with tongue.
Lawrence came forward after the lawsuit was made public and denied her claims, saying he was being used as a pawn in Campbell’s negotiations with HBO.
There were rumors that Lawrence started to believe and behave like he and “Gina” were a real couple. Cambell quit the show but returned for the one-hour finale. She would not film with Martin on set. In addition to the sexual misconduct, Lawrence was also accused of threatening Campbell in addition to his ex-wife Patricia.
Sources reported that Campbell needed to be hospitalized for the stress she was under at the time.
Honestly, the sexual harassment charges were just a fraction of what seemed like a downward spiral for Lawrence in the late nineties. There were other physical altercations, public outbursts, gun violations, strange behavior, passing out in the street from what was described as heat exhaustion. Lawrence would spend three days in a coma afterward. There are some reports who say it was a suicide attempt. Honestly, when I saw Martin Lawrence speak at the Def Jam special, the one currently on Netflix, there was something that still seemed off.
I know I don’t deserve an explanation about what happened, exactly. After more than a decade of not associating themselves with one another, we can assume that it must have been pretty bad. But I would like to know how they were able to move past it.
I’ll likely watch the reboot regardless. Still, I have my questions and I know we’ll all be watching to see if the dynamic between “Martin and Gina” is as strong as it was back in the ’90’s.
Plus, I know I’m not the only one who’s more than a bit curious right now.
Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.