AceShowbiz - Benzino has had a run-in with the law. The former star of "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" turned himself in to police on Monday, May 23 and his mugshot has since made its way on social media.
The 56-year-old surrendered to police after he was named a fugitive in an altercation with his ex-girlfriend and a man she's dating. The reality star was supposed to attend a court meeting via zoom call in April but he missed it because he was sick with COVID-19. Thus, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
The father of Coi Leray was initially arrested in April. At that time, Real World Police page on YouTube released bodycam footage from an officer that saw the former The Source magazine executive being arrested. He was taken into custody for criminal damage and transported to Gwinnett County Jail. Warrants were signed by a Gwinnett County judge.
In the caption of the nearly 1-hour video, Braselton Police Sergeant Wayne Breeden explained the incident. "Both males [Benzino and Reginald Cuington] were arguing with one another and making threats as they were separated. Note: Cuington is never heard making threats," said the cop.
"Reginald seemed to cool down once police arrived, but [Benzino] remained visibly upset during the duration of the call," added Sergeant Wayne. "I spoke with Reginald, as another officer spoke with [Benzino]."
Sergeant Wayne continued, "Reginald advised that he and a female he has been seeing, Althea, were out for a walk in the neighborhood. Once they arrived back at Reginald's vehicle, a male approached him in a threatening and harassing manner." The police officer said, "Reginald stated that he did not know the male, and also had no idea that Althea was involved in another relationship."
Sergeant Wayne also noted that Benzino "repeatedly claimed that he and Althea were married." The cop explained, "They are not, and they have never been, married." He continued, "At this point, Reginald attempted to get into his vehicle, but was unable to due to [Benzino] being in the way."
"Reginald stated that Althea then got in to the driver's seat of his truck and attempted to pull away. Reginald told me that as they began to try and drive away, [Benzino] then struck his vehicle multiple times with his fist," Sergeant Wayne stated. "I was able to view the damage of the truck, which showed two dents in the driver-side rear door. Reginald then stated that [Benzino] continued to threaten him until police arrival."