“Pawn Star” Corey Harrison is defending his best friend, Austin "Chumlee" Russell. The History Channel reality star took to Instagram to defend Chumlee after he was arrested for felony drug and weapon charges at his Las Vegas home Wednesday. Police had a search warrant for a sexual assault allegation.
Harrison, 32, shared a photo of a quote to express his feelings: “Don’t believe everything you hear. There are always three sides to a story: yours, theirs and the truth.” His update garnered hundreds of likes from his 143,000 followers.
Chumlee’s lawyer, David Chesnoff, said in a statement to the Associated Press Friday they will fight the drug and weapon charges and the sexual assault charge — if it’s filed. Chumlee is "looking forward to the truthful conclusion" of the case, said Chesnoff.
The reality star, 33, posted $62,000 bail and was released from the Clark County Jail. A court date has been set for May 23. Chumlee faces one weapon charge and 19 counts of drug possession. Though he wasn’t charged with a sex crime, that investigation is open.
Corey’s father, Rick Harrison, who is the co-owner of the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop featured in the reality show “Pawn Stars,” said he wanted to help Chumlee in “any way we can.”
Chumlee, who is known for his occasionally bizarre behavior on “Pawn Stars,” has not released a statement since his arrest. Both he and his girlfriend of three years, Tanya Hyjazi, have remained quiet.
His arrest Wednesday is the first time he’s gotten in trouble with the law since he debuted on “Pawn Stars” in 2009. Chumlee survived a death hoax in 2003 when a bogus article claimed he died from a marijuana overdose. The reality star took the hoax in stride and posted a video of himself spinning around in a chair and screaming, “I’m alive!”
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