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Pawn Stars cast member Austin Lee Russell – a.k.a. Chumlee – arguably deserves a big slice of the credit for the show’s enormous success. But when the goofy reality star pled guilty to two criminal charges, it could have put the future of the franchise in jeopardy. Here’s the lowdown on the controversy.

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Well, some of Chumlee’s questionable antics of late could be connected to his rather rocky start in life. In high school, for example, the Henderson, Nevada, native apparently had a habit of paying other students to do his homework for him. And perhaps unsurprisingly, this led to him eventually dropping out.

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