Pawn Stars cast member Austin Lee Russell – also known as Chumlee – arguably deserves a big slice of the credit for the show’s enormous success. But when the goofy reality star pled guilty to two criminal charges, it could have put the future of the franchise in jeopardy. So here’s the lowdown on the controversy.
Russell presents himself a certain way on camera. In each Pawn Stars episode, in fact, Chumlee is a funny guy – and everybody seems to like him. But when accusations against the star first started to come out, people may have wondered if they had been duped by his on-screen persona. They were pretty serious charges, after all.