Chumlee, who is known as Austin Lee Russell, of History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” is set to return for show’s next season as he undergoes counseling and probation after taking the plea agreement, Monday on charges for guns and drug possession during a search on his house last March.
David Chesnoff, Russell’s lawyer, said that Chumlee’s status on the show has not changed while an official with A&E Network and the History Channel told the Associated Press as reported by USA Today that Pawn Stars, about the goings-on at a major Vegas pawn shop where Russell works, is not currently in production.
According to Laura Herlovich, Chumlee’s publicist, he still works there and will be part of the new season. She issued a statement from Rick Harrison, about Russell’s employment status.
“Chumlee is almost like a son to me, it would be pretty much impossible to fire him,” Harrison said.
In taking the plea agreement, Chumlee avoids incarceration, which would have been three to five years in jail, the beloved “Pawn Star” star must stay out of trouble until 2019 for all charges to be dismissed and dropped. Chesnoff added that his client will be back on June 1 to enter his plea and thanked the court for coming up with a just result.
“We are gratified that a thorough investigation by both the police and the defense can lead to a just result,” Chesnoff explained.
Chumlee was arrested back on March 9 after authorities searched his house in Las Vegas for a sexual assault charge and were surprised to see so many drugs and weapons. Found inside his house were one gallon Ziploc with 116 grams (1/4 pound) of marijuana; two clear jars of marijuana (8.2 grams and 2.8 grams); one bag with 4.4 grams marijuana; seven clear capsules with 1.7 grams of methamphetamine powder; and 17 Xanax bars. According to cops, Chumlee confessed to smoking “a lot of weed” … but insisted he’s not a drug dealer. He said he typically buys in bulk, just for convenience.
As for the alleged sexual assault, the judge found no merit to pursue the case after an exhaustive investigation with no conclusive evidence to prove the allegations. Thus, the sexual assault will be dropped but the judge still needs to sign off the plea deal.
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