It was one of the biggest celebrity arrests of the year. Chumlee, real name Austin Russell, from the hit TV show Pawn Stars was arrested after police searched his home in connection with a sexual assault case.
Police arrested Chum after finding drugs and guns inside the home.
Chumlee and the world waited to see if he would be back on TV in no time, or end up seeing the inside of a prison cell. In the end, it looks like Chum is going to be no worse for wear.
His attorneys have allegedly negotiated a plea deal for the star that would result in no jail time and no felonies on his record.
According to a TMZ report:
We don’t know all the terms of the deal, but our sources say the big one is Chumlee will get probation and NO jail time. We’re told the 2 felonies will eventually become misdemeanors once he completes probation.
As for the alleged sexual assault … we’re told police and Chumlee’s attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, ran an exhaustive investigation. Both sides found there was not enough evidence to charge him.
Here is what police reportedly found in the home:
1 gallon Ziploc with 116 grams (1/4 pound) of marijuana
2 clear jars of marijuana (8.2 grams and 2.8 grams)
1 bag with 4.4 grams marijuana
7 clear capsules with 1.7 grams of methamphetamine powder
17 Xanax bars
Twelve firearms were also found and seized, including a semi-auto Bushmaster AR-15 that was found near the stash of Xanax bars. While the firearms are all likely legal under Nevada and federal law the original charges probably resulted in them being in proximity to a felony amount of drugs. The TMZ report mentions only four of the firearms being “registered” to Chumlee, but Nevada has no firearms registration, so we aren’t sure what they’re referencing.
Police have tried to paint Chum as a drug dealer, but he alleges that he is just a recreational drug user who buys in bulk.