Reporting Peter D’Oench
MIAMI (CBS4) – The mother of one of the alleged victims in the ‘toxic tush’ case has been charged with battery against a defendant in that case.
Fifty-year-old Brunetta Brown is charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor, after a fight during a January 25th taping of Telemundo’s “Pa’lante con Cristina” show.
Brown is seen on the show throwing a plastic syringe prop that is wrapped in plastic. Corey Eubanks said he was struck and cut above the left eye.
Eubanks was a guest on the show and is also charged with assisting Oneal Ron Morris with injecting toxic chemicals including fix-a-flat and super glue into women to enhance their features including their buttocks.
One of those women was Brunetta Brown’s daughter, Shaquanda, a 38-year-old Miami Gardens woman who told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench that she spent $700 for the injections and ended up becoming sick and was hospitalized for 38 days.
Brunetta Brown came before a judge who set bond at $1500 and ordered her to stay away from the Doral studio where the “Cristina” show is taped. Brown could face up to a year in prison if convicted of the charge.
Eubanks told CBS4 that he was gratified by the charges against Brown. The charges were brought after Doral Police investigators reviewed the tape of the show and spoke to several witnesses.
“It’s supposed to be filed against someone that broke the law,” said Eubanks. “I never broke the law and I never wanted to be put in this situation. Whoever breaks the law should be arrested. I was hurt by the syringe. It cut my face and I have headaches.”
“It shows that you can’t go on a national television show and attack someone and get away with it,” said Eubanks’s attorney Jim Lewis.
Brunetta Brown’s Shaquanda told CBS4 the charges were not justified.
“She’s innocent,” Shaquanda said of her mother. “If anyone is the victim, I’m the victim. My Mom did nothing wrong. She didn’t harm anyone. No he was not injured. He’s a man. What did she do to harm him. He’s a man and she’s a woman.”
She said Eubanks overreacted to what happened to him.
“It was a scratch. The syringe was a prop wrapped in plastic,” Shaquanda said. “My Mom is innocent. We are going to fight this to the end. We are going to trial.”
In another development in this case, a Miami-Dade judge allowed Eubanks’ attorney Jim Lewis to receive from Telemundo a DVD copy of the “Cristina” show. Lewis had gone to court to try to get that DVD.
He told CBS4 that this DVD could strengthen his bid for a permanent restraining order against Shaquanda and Brunetta Brown on behalf of Eubanks.
He said the DVD shows different angles of the fight that happened on the “Cristina” show and shows the actions of Brunetta Brown from different angles than what has been seen so far on TV.
Lewis said there will be a hearing on his bid for a permanent restraining order against Shaquanda and Brunetta Brown on April 23rd at Family Court in Miami.
Corey Eubanks and Oneal Ron Morris are charged with practicing medicine without a license. Both have pleaded not guilty to those charges and are out on bond.