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Authorities investigate reality show row at Pequot Tribe casino

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Vanassa Sebastian, Passamaquoddy, and Brian Sebastian, Mashantucket, appear in new reality series called Game of Crowns.

Cast from a reality show were involved in a brawl at the casino owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation of Connecticut.

Vanassa Sebastian

The new Bravo show Game of Crowns features Vanassa Sebastian, a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Maine. Her husband is Brian Sebastian, a member of the Mashantucket Tribe.

According to news reports, Brian Sebastian and the husband of another cast member got into a fight during the premiere of the show at the Foxwoods Resort Casino on Sunday night. Sebastian's ear was bitten and state and tribal authorities are investigating.

“At this point there is an active police investigation taking place between the state and tribal police and until the investigation is done we will not be commenting any further on this matter," Bill Satti, the tribe’s director of public affairs, told The New London Day.

Vanassa Sebastian shows off her headdress costume.

Game of Crowns follows Vanassa Sebastian and other women from the New England area who participate in beauty pageants. Sebastian won the title of Mrs. Connecticut America in 2012 and competed in the national Mrs. America contest, where she wore an award-winning headdress costume.

Vanassa Sebastian lends the costume to a non-Indian contestant.

During the first episode, Sebastian speaks proudly of her Indian heritage -- her mother was full-blooded Passamaquoddy, she said. She ends up loaning the headdress to a non-Indian aspiring contestant from Connecticut, saying it represents the history of the state, which is home to several tribes.

Brian Sebastian appears in brief segments throughout the show, as do the husbands of the other cast members. The Bravo website incorrectly states that his family "owns" Foxwoods when it is the tribal government that owns and operates the facility.

Get the Story:
'Game of Crowns' Premiere Party Fight -- Bravo Show Star's Ear-Biting Rampage (TMZ 7/13)
Bravo television show stars involved in brawl at Foxwoods (WFSB 7/14)
Woonsocket officer accused of biting husband of wife's rival (NBC 10 News 7/14)
Man's Ear Bitten in Brawl at 'Game of Crowns' Premiere Party at Foxwoods (NBC Connecticut 7/14)
‘Game of Crowns’ spouse from Cranston in alleged altercation with another contestant’s husband (The Providence Journal 7/14)
Fight erupts at reality TV party at Foxwoods (The New London Day 7/15)

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