Marlo Hampton was in the running to become the newest cast member on the Real Housewives of Atlanta, until Bravo decided to cut their losses and give her the axe before she ever got her foot inside the door. Why, may you ask, would this woman who rocks Gucci from head to toe and is super rich due to her very own string of “Big Poppa’s” not qualify? It sure sounds like she would fit in just fine. Well, factor in a few lies and an extensive criminal past and you have a big old mess that the network likely did not want to deal with.
Many of our favorite ladies have suffered from the controversial “housewives curse”- having so much bad luck and shitty things happen to them throughout their course on the show it’s almost unbelievable. But Marlo had baggage before she had the chance to be a housewife.
We saw her on a recent episode with new BFF NeNe Leakes, where she admitted to being arrested 7 times. But evidence suggest she was tampering with the numbers a bit and it may in fact have been many more. Here are some mugshots from Straight from the A with corresponding charges :
05/26/99 Arrest for Aggravated Battery w/Great Bodily Harm
Arrest made on 9/28/99 for aggravated battery w/ great bodily harm
6/19/2000 for probation violation. why do people SMILE for mugshots? personally if I was in jail, I would imagine there is nothing to smile about.
2/14/02 probation violation again.. wtf!
9/9/2002 obtained property for worthless check.. she looks a little cray cray here
12/3/2002 felon in possesion of a firearm/probation violation .. girl why are you packing heat!?
7/28/2003 violation of probation. I wish i knew the specifics of these violations. From what I know of probation, you simply have to not carry a gun, not do drugs, show up for your meetings & court, maintain whatever the judge asked of you (keeping a job, etc), not associate with other felons and not have police contact. Obviously NeNe, your girl is a troublemaker!
Marlo was to be brought into RHOA as the girl with “baller status” she claimed to be engaged to Charles Grant which turned out to be a complete lie, a big part of the reason why Bravo changed their minds. She was supposed to be an antagonist to NeNe, but our girl Miss Leakes caught on to this and already knew Marlo. The two ended up being friendly and are still interacting on twitter to this day. NeNe in fact stated that Marlo, Cynthia and Peter are the ONLY people she has a good relationship with on the show. She does not speak to any of the other women. I am wondering if Marlo is going to be present at the reunion, it’s going to be a GOOD one (hopefully better than last years drama free snore fest). Marlo tried to get Charles Grant to cooperate with her “story line” of being engaged to him but he refused to “stunt” with her (stunt- to pretend to be something that you are not) and that lie didn’t work out. So in a last ditch effort she tried to befriend the ladies on the cast, which also didn’t help. In the end, she possessed not of the qualifications of your typical Real Housewife : No mate, no engagement, no long term relationship or divorce and an extensive criminal past. Basically she was not a desirable candidate and now we see her every so often, acting a bit perturbed about the whole mess.
Recently I posted a blog about her most infamous crime, in which she slashed up another woman’s face with a razor blade at a St. Petersburg, Florida club. The woman was disfigured, and several years later took her own life. It has been suggested that Marlo’s attack was the main cause of her suicide, and Marlo has been unapologetic in that regard. Here is a statement Marlo submitted to the blog ‘Straight From the A’ explaining the history behind her criminal record :
“It has come to my attention that some of my past indiscretions have come to light. Let me first state, I am not ashamed of my past, as my past has helped me become a better woman today.
We all have a past; and my hard-knock childhood in the Foster Care system is a reflection on a bigger issue we faced in America, a broken Foster Care system.
I remain deeply sorry for my actions and I will continue to work hard to contribute to a better community.
My present charge in life is to live with God in my heart and help young women, especially from the foster care system, avoid the challenges I faced.
I’m more than just what is being said of me and I look forward to telling my story and helping others.”
– Marlo Hampton
Bravo claims they had no knowledge of her extensive criminal past at first and they came upon this information in the form of blogs (go bloggers!). And although Bravo doesn’t wish to be responsible for any future actions that may occur from having her on as a full time cast member, she DID benefit significantly from her walk on roles. She received a free trip to Africa, tons of free designer clothes, photo shoots, VIP status in ATL and basically anything luxurious any particular person or company wished to provide her being that she was on one of the nations most popular reality television shows. If she gets this much pampered treatment for a walk on role, imagine what the other ladies get!
So with all this recent attention to Marlo’s criminal history, she came out and made another statement to the blogger in question, ‘Straight from the A’. Here it is :
“I am shocked and saddened to hear of the recent distortions of events and false accusations disseminated over an altercation I was involved in over a dozen years ago. It had been my preference, out of respect for the person involved, as well as her family, to not speak about this incident publicly, but the recklessness with which the story is being manipulated has forced me to come forward.
I was in my early twenties, and what took place started out as an argument with someone who was once my friend, over the phone. In the first incident, I was ambushed at my house and badly beaten. Though charges were initially filed, those charges were later dropped and I filed a restraining order.
As disturbing as the carrying of a weapon may seem, it was quite common in the environment in which I was raised, and not only I, but also the person involved in the altercation, had each brought weapons to protect ourselves. There was a confrontation, her knife dropped, mine did not.
I was arrested and convicted of aggravated battery for which I served 6 months in jail. What is so disturbing about the false reports now circulating is that it was she, my friend, who appeared in court on my behalf and fought to reduce my sentence.
Like many people, I was deeply saddened by her untimely death – 6 years later – and shocked at the recent attempts to connect me to it. Ultimately, it does a disservice to her and her family, to guess and draw conclusions as to her state of mind when she committed suicide. Those reasons are obviously personal and painful and do not deserve to be speculated on for the purposes of entertainment or drawing readers to your site. She and her family remain in my prayers.
My attorneys will be sending a cease and desist letter with a request for retraction shortly.
This is essentially a cease and desist letter, which was written politely. However, it did not take Marlo long to show her true feelings toward this blogger and her stories :
This is clearly a threat and probably not very smart, but shows her real colors. This may explain why she has violated probation so many times. Marlo in my opinion is NOT an ideal choice for a housewife and shouldn’t even be featured as a walk on. She is not a classy lady at all and I’m not sure what NeNe sees in her. YES people change, but this is very recent! This blogger wrote nothing but the truth and if anything happened to be incorrect she was willing to make it right when brought to her attention. There really was no reason for Marlo to go crazy on this poor blogger. She is perturbed about not making it on the show and makes she she shows her face as often as possible, so she must expect stories like this to come out. That’s called accountability, and it’s part of being a Real Housewife. Maybe that’s why she isn’t.