“Stevie J tells TMZ … Benzino wouldn’t let it go … he went on a campaign of terror, threatening the lives of him and Joseline, producers and other staffers,” TMZ reports. “Stevie tells us, ‘He said flat out he was going to kill us.’ The threats were too much for VH1 and we’re told that’s why Benzino was banished.”
Benzino reportedly denies these claims.
Headlines circulated in late October that Benzino and finance Althea Eaton had been fired from the VH1 show, shortly after a fight between Eaton and Joseline Hernandez broke out at a cast reunion show, leading to hospitalizations.
“According to various sources, including TMZ, a huge brawl broke out when Benzino began to poke fun of Stevie J and his alleged wife Joseline Hernandez’ use of drugs,” HipHopDX reported in July. ”The insult ultimately led to several fights involving Benzino, Benzino’s fiancée Althea Heart, Stevie J, Joseline, Waka Flocka Flame’s mother and fiancée, and Mimi Faust, the mother of Stevie J’s daughter.”
The Boston rapper was the victim of a gunshot to the shoulder this March at his mother’s funeral in Massachusetts.
“According to reports, Benzino was shot numerous times by his nephew Gai Scott,” a March HipHopDX article reports. “It’s been reported that the shooting was the result of growing family tension involving Benzino, Scott, and other family members.”
Raymond “Benzino” Scott first appeared on VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” in 2012.
He threatened to leave the show in 2013 stating on Twitter, “IM DONE WITH THIS LOVE AND HIP HOP , I CANT DO THIS NO MORE, MY CHARACTER & FRIENDSHIPS ARE WAY MORE IMPORTANT, this is horrible.”