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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

When people stop being polite: Louisiana reality TV stars who have had trouble with the law

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Reality star/Mojo user William “Billy” Bretherton
Yesterday the Associated Press reported William “Billy” Bretherton from the A&E reality series Billy the Exterminator, which is set in Benton, La., was arrested for doing the silliest thing ever — being in possession of fake weed, aka Mojo (the proto-bath salts, which you may have seen in the news lately). It seems personalities from Louisiana-based reality TV shows have a knack for getting into trouble. Here's others who have encountered some non-televised legal drama.

Nicholas Payne, Swamp People

Screengrab from TMZ
  • Screengrab from TMZ
This Swamp Person, who appeared on the second season of the History series, has had a few run-ins with the law. After responding to a domestic disturbance call at his house in September 2011, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office says Payne hit the deputy trying to issue him a summons and then "scampered off to woods nearby." After being booked into jail in Covington, the Sheriff's Office found out Payne had an arrest warrant in Florida after not showing up to a court appearance regarding possession of drug paraphernalia. Also, in 2010, he pleaded guilty in St. Tammany to simple battery and resisting an officer and was sentenced to one year of probation.

Jemmye Carroll and Ryan Knight, The Real World: New Orleans

  • Screengrab from Radar
The Real World castmates/sloppy lovers got arrested after a bar fight in Panama City Beach, Fla. in March 2011.

(Bonus: an update on these two that you didn't ask for. Jemmye seems to still live in New Orleans (the location of her Twitter bio is "504 babyyy"), while Knight appears to be working at a Honda dealership in Kenosha, Wisc.)

Steven Seagal, Steven Seagal: Lawman

Steven Seagal
  • Richard Knapp, A&E
  • Steven Seagal

Seagal may be a "lawman," but that hasn't stopped others from trying to sic the law on him. In 2010 the Martial Arts extraordinaire and former Jefferson Parish reserve deputy sheriff faced a one million-dollar lawsuit from a former personal assistant, who claimed Seagal sexual assaulted her and illegally trafficked Russian women. The case was later dropped. In 2011, a man sued Seagal and Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for their part in an Phoenix-area police raid that resulted in the death of the man's 11-month-old puppy and more than 100 of his roosters. Seagal currently stars on the ReelzChannel scripted series True Justice about undercover cops.

Also in the realm of Louisiana reality TV-related crime, a woman sued the Terrebonne Sheriff's Office and the production company of the A&E series Cajun Justice (which premieres tomorrow), claiming police used unnecessary violence while cameras rolled during her arrest. Before that, one of the cast members of Animal Planet's Pitbulls and Parolees, whose upcoming season is set at the Villalobos Rescue Center's 9th Ward location, was the victim of a carjacking.

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