Rumors are swirling that “Pawn Stars” actor Chumlee, also known as Austin Lee Russell, was fired from the TV show following his sexual assault, drugs and loose fire arms cases. He was also reportedly told to stay away from the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop and to go silent on social media until he has cleared his name.
According to Naughty Gossip, a source stated that the firing of Chumlee from the show stemmed from the sexual complaint of one of the staff from Gold and Silver Pawn Shop adding that the drugs and the fire arms charges just aggravated the whole situation.
“Chumlee of Pawn Stars has been fired from the show. He has been told to remain silence on social media and not go to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. The show wants nothing to do with him until this matter is settled in court,” the source said out of anonymity since the show and Reality TV has not issued an official statement yet regarding the issue.
It would be remembered that Chumlee was charged for allegedly sexually assaulting one of the show’s staff and when police went to his home on March 9 in Las Vegas to investigate on the matter, they found more than what they came for. Authorities stated that they found crystal meth, marijuana and one firearm.
On a later search, police found eleven more firearms, ranging from handguns to a shotgun and assault-style MP5 and .223-caliber rifles. Only four were registered to Russell. Nevada, however, does not currently have any laws that require the registration of firearms.
Most of the weapons were found in a bedroom vault safe, along with 17 multi-dose ‘bars’ of the anxiety drug Xanax and seven capsules containing small amounts of methamphetamine, police said.
Police also found evidence of possible cocaine use on the property. Subsequently, Chumlee was arrested. He was released on bond the following day. His first appearance in court was set for on March 11. Chumlee has a court appearance scheduled for May 23 and will face 20 felony counts, including drug and weapons charges.
However, Chumlee’s lawyers David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld told TMZ that they are still looking at the evidences allegedly found inside their client’s house and will do all the necessary arrangement to prepare themselves for the legal battle ahead of them.
“We will be analyzing what was allegedly found and whether the alleged seizure was lawful in a courtroom, not in the media. Austin (Chumlee’s real name) has great faith in the judicial system, as do we, and looks forward to a just resolution of this matter,” the lawyers stated.
Chumlee has been working for the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop for over five years, long before it started filming in 2009.
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