Evelyn Lozada isn’t taking those claims of her being a racist lying down.
The 43-year-old Basketball Wives star is suing her co-star OG “Ogom” Chijindu. According to TMZ, in legal documents, she says that she lost out on endorsement deals because OG called her a “racist bigot” on September 11.
OG, at the time, was responding to a message Evelyn posted on her Instagram Stories that said, “Nobody watches you harder than the people that can’t stand you.” In addition to that message, Evelyn shared a photo of a monkey with its mouth wide open. People questioned the use of the monkey while OG took it as a shot at her because they were feuding on the show and she has called her “ugly.” She screenshot an image of the IG story and said, “Wow so now Black women are monkeys,” and “Everyone boycott this trash box you are disgusting.”
“And there it is..show your true colors you racist bigot,” she added. “You called Cece ‘Ling Ling’ Jackie a ‘cockroach’ & now me a ‘monkey.'”
Evelyn says that the implication that she is racist is the furthest thing from the truth because she’s Hispanic and “her 2 children are African and Hispanic descent.” TMZ also says that she noted that she’s the chairperson of her own foundation that raises money for abused women, including thousands for the Sauti Yetu Center for African Women in the Bronx.
With all that in mind, she’s suing OG for defamation and infliction of emotional distress. The amount of money she’s looking for from OG was unlisted.
After news of the lawsuit came out, OG posted this message to Twitter:
While Evelyn didn’t directly tag OG in her original message, and her saying Jackie was a “cockroach” was more in reference to her opinion that she was crazy, there was no question that she did call Cece Gutierrez “Lee Lee” (not “Ling Ling” actually) during Season 7. It was a reference to women who work in nail shops, but Cece is Filipino. Cece called her a racist then and after a petition was posted online pushing to have Evelyn fired from the show for her comments, she publicly apologized. She said she understood “why many are upset by derogatory, stereotypical reference of another woman of color — and for that I’m so sorry. To intentionally add to a pot of racial divisiveness is not reflective of my heart.”
OG is currently studying law, so we have a feeling she will use Evelyn’s past comments against her to get out of having to pay her co-star.
This news comes after it was reported by sources close to Evelyn that she was looking to take another form of legal action against OG, in the form of a restraining order. Guess she went with plan B.
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