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Word is rapidly circulating about what appears to be a serious rift between two women in Black Hollywood who are a few of the nation’s most popular reality television personalities.
Tamar Braxton (pictured left), the outspoken co-star of We TV’s “Braxton Family Values” recently appeared alongside four of her sisters on celebrity therapist Iyanla Vanzant’s (pictured right) OWN-backed, intervention-style reality show “Fix My Life.”
The Braxtons’ appearance on Vanzant’s show aired on Thursday (September 20).
However, things ended on a sour note after a combination of infighting among the Braxton sisters, talks of coercion, and a social media blasting took place prior to Tamar’s subsequent appearance on the Wendy Williams Show.
Now, according to a number of credible celebrity news media outlets, Vanzant is reportedly readying to retaliate by filing a lawsuit against Tamar.
This whole saga (which was originally reported by The Jasmine Brand) started amid an abundance of controversy over a questionable decision by one party to seek healing from another party in the public eye for some very deeply personal and troubling family issues.
The ensuing viscosity following the failed intervention attempt was inflamed by disgruntled acts born of regret.
While filming the “Fix My Life” show with her sisters Toni, Trina, Towanda, and Traci, Tamar walked out during a production series. Her acrimonious exit from the set was reportedly triggered by Vanzant allegedly “forcing” her to disclose that she had been $exually molested by both sides of her family during rigorous questioning.
Celebrity Insider also reported that Toni, Trina, and Towanda Braxton stood in solidarity with their sister Tamar by boycotting future appearances on Vanzant’s popular show with a list of demands, including bigger paychecks. However, Traci Braxton has reportedly continued to be filmed for future episodes without new conditions.
The recent report by Celebrity Insider additionally revealed that according to Tamar, Toni, Trina, and Towanda, Traci Braxton’s kosher new relationship with Vanzant’s production team was forged without their knowledge. After Tamar’s dramatic walkout, things immediately got messy on social media.
After publicly blasting Vanzant on Twitter and hurling some serious allegations at the lawyer-turned-television actor, Tamar Braxton took it a step further by appearing on the top tabloid talk show in America hosted by none other than the Madame of Messy herself: Wendy Williams.
During her interview with Williams, Braxton told her side of the “Fix My Life” walkout story and went deeper into discussion about her version of the painful tales of abuse she experienced at the hands of her maternal and paternal family members.
However, it appears as if Vanzant has had enough of Tamar’s well-publicized smear campaign and is reportedly preparing to sue the R&B singer and her television show’s production company, according to another Thursday report on this ongoing matter by The Jasmine Brand.
“It’s [Vanzant’s] duty to protect her reputation, brand, and OWN’s brand. At this point, [what Tamar has done] is defamation [of character] and there should be consequences,” an unnamed source close to Vanzant’s legal team reportedly told a correspondent for the nationally-renowned celebrity gossip blog.
The anonymous source ultimately told The Jasmine Brand that Vanzant honestly wants to remedy this smoldering situation privately without the use of legal means for the public to see. Her background as an attorney may become a formidable weapon if she is serious about filing a lawsuit in the event future mediation efforts collapse.
However, only time will tell whether or not the bold, boisterous, and sometimes volatile Tamar will cave to talks of Vanzant’s strategic legal counter-attack. The Braxton ladies have built a sturdy and profitable brand by never shying away from the public in the face of controversy.