Former "Black Ink Crew" star Ceasar Emanuel says a viral video that shows him abusing a dog isn't what it seems.
Ceaser was spotted out & about in NYC Thursday night -- hours after TMZ broke the news that VH1 fired him.
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The video shows Ceasar violently hitting one of his dogs with a metal folding chair. He is also seen placing a dog in a metal cage and kicking the cage down a hill.
Now he claims the video doesn't tell the entire story.
He says he was simply breaking up a fight between his dogs — and he only hit one of the dogs when it lunged at him.
Ceasar says he felt like he had to back down his dogs any way he could, and he feared for his own life.
He says the video clip came from his home security camera -- and he thinks someone with access to his house set him up, since the video was leaked online.
Ceaser also claims both dogs are OK, but he had to give one dog away, and the other dog was placed in obedience training classes.
As TMZ reported, a VH1 spokesperson said, "We have made the decision to cut ties with Ceaser Emanuel from 'Black Ink Crew' New York."