Atlanta, GA – Benzino was visibly outraged when he was placed in handcuffs and muttered a few “fuck yous” on his way to the cop car. In police body cam footage obtained by TMZ, police apprehend the former Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star for an active warrant.
During the arrest, Benzino appears extremely frustrated and proceeds to have a total meltdown, claiming it was racially motivated.
“I didn’t know I could just be harassed for any old reason,” he says. “Would You pull a white person over like this?” I was here for two seconds. I never got out. I let my son out.”
Later in the video, the officers explain to him he’s being arrested for a failure to appear. He gets extremely frustrated nobody can tell him what the warrant is for and things escalate from there.
“What is the fucking ticket for?” he screams. “Can you tell me that? That’s the question! I need to know what the ticket’s for. Chill out for what? I’m in the fucking back seat of a cop car on some bullshit. This is some fucking crazy shit, man. Let me out! Let me out!”
With his veins bulging out of his head, he ultimately looses it on the female officer, yelling, “Suck my dick!” and threatening to sue her.
The male officer initially ran Benzino’s tags because his car was blocking the street. That’s when the warrant popped up. He was released later that day.
Watch the clip above.
[This article has been updated. The last version was published on June 26, 2019 and can be found below.]
Benzino just can’t catch a break — but then again, court dates are set for a reason. According to TMZ, the former Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta personality was arrested on Saturday (June 22) for an outstanding warrant after he failed to show up to court for a traffic violation.
Law enforcement explained Benzino’s car was blocking a street, so an officer ran his plates. The car came back with an arrest warrant because he never showed up to face a traffic ticket he got in April.
During the arrest, Benzino repeatedly cried racial harassment before another officer showed up to slap handcuffs on him. On the way to the jail, he said he was feeling faint and demanded water. An ambulance was called to the jail upon his arrival. He was checked out but refused to go to the hospital.
He was also upset his handcuffs were allegedly too tight and wanted them to be replaced. After getting new handcuffs, he was booked and ultimately released.
This isn’t the first time he’s accused police of being racist. Last December, he blamed racist cops for his ongoing drug case. He was arrested in January 2017 after police raided his Atlanta apartment and found drugs. He was charged with felony possession of THC oil gummies (22 grams), felony possession of six MDMA pills and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of weed, charges he called “trumped up.”
[This article has been updated. The original version was published on January 17, 2019 and can be found below.]
Former Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta star Benzino reportedly pleaded guilty in his felony drug case on Thursday (January 17). According to TMZ, Benzino struck a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid any jail time.
The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to HipHopDX via email that Benzino entered a guilty plea on the three charges he was facing, including Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Marijuana- Less than an Ounce. As a result, he was sentenced to two years probation and fined $500 plus surcharges.
Benzino was arrested in January 2017 after cops raided his Atlanta apartment and discovered drugs inside the premises. He was charged with felony possession of THC oil gummies (22 grams), felony possession of six MDMA pills and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of weed.
In a video interview, the former co-owner of The Source said he believes the search warrant was obtained illegally and that “racist police officers” were behind the “trumped-up charges.”
If the case went to trial, Benzino could’ve faced up to 15 years in prison.