Chumlee Has Had Serious Legal Issues Outside of 'Pawn Stars' Before
Is Austin Lee Russell aka Chumlee still on History's 'Pawn Stars'? He's had some legal issues, and he's faced firing rumors. Details on what happened.
If you've ever perused a pawn shop and wondered how the various items ended up there or if there are any interesting stories behind them, then you have a firm handle on the concept behind one of the History Channel's top programs.
Since 2009, the History series Pawn Stars has given viewers an inside look at Las Vegas' World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, which is run by father-son duo Rick and Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison.
In each episode, patrons enter the store with goods that they hope to sell for top dollar, and Rick must enlist the help of experts and his fellow employees to determine if the items have any real value to them.
While Corey and Rick often have to be serious, especially when they are negotiating with customers, they have never failed to make jokes at Austin Lee "Chumlee" Russell's expense.
Chumlee has been a staple on the popular reality series for years, but his legal battles and the turmoil in his personal life had some viewers wondering if he was taking a break.
Is Chumlee still on Pawn Stars? Find out about his arrest, his marriage, and his status on the show.
Is Chumlee still on 'Pawn Stars'?
In the early seasons of Pawn Stars, Chumlee had more of a supporting role, as he worked in the back of the shop and wasn't often in on the artifact negotiations. As the show progressed, Chumlee demonstrated his knowledge of specialty items, including pinball machines, and was given more responsibilities at Rick's Gold & Silver Pawn Shop.
And when Rick's father, Richard "Old Man" Harrison passed away in 2018, Chumlee's role expanded even further.
But, in 2019, a rumor began circulating that Chumlee had been let go from the popular series.
Though he's been involved in some legal issues (more on that later), Chumlee is still an active cast member on Pawn Stars and was even featured in the show's March 22, 2021 return.
What happened to Chumlee? He has had numerous brushes with the law.
Though Chumlee still has jobs with both Rick Harrison and the History Channel, his run-ins with the law have been fairly significant. In the spring of 2016, Chumlee's Las Vegas residence was raided in connection to sexual assault allegations.
During the search of Chumlee's home, police officers found firearms, crystal meth, Xanax, marijuana, and traces of cocaine. He was arrested and later released after posting a $62,000 bond.
Two months later, Chumlee was charged with 20 felony counts, including unlawful possession of a firearm. He pleaded guilty to the felony firearms count and to a misdemeanor for having drugs.
The Pawn Stars personality was given three years of probation and had to attend counseling. His probation officially ended in 2019 and he wasn't ultimately charged in relation to the sexual assault allegation.
Is Chumlee still married?
While 2016 was a trying time for Chumlee with regards to his legal issues, it was also the year that he first met his future wife, Olivia Rademann. The couple announced their engagement in 2019, and walked down the aisle in Hawaii in August of that year.
In 2020, Chumlee cleared his Instagram feed of photos, and effectively all traces of his romance with Olivia. The two have yet to publicly comment on the status of their marriage, but there are reports circulating that they have separated.
Nowadays, Chumlee has completely deactivated his Instagram account, so it's still unclear whether or not his personal life has been affected. He didn't drop any hints on the show's March 22 return, but it's likely only a matter of time before more information comes to light.
Pawn Stars airs on Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on the History Channel. You can catch up on old seasons on Peacock.