Actor Jason Mitchell faces legal problems after being arrested on April 22, 2023, according to TMZ . Mitchell, who played Eazy-E in Directly from Compton , was arrested in Mississippi and booked into the Harrison County Jail. The actor faces four felony charges, by TMZ .
Two of the felony charges are “for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute,” and TMZ reported that police allegedly found “two pounds of marijuana and 1,300 doses of MDMA” at Mitchell’s GMC Yukon “during a stop. of traffic “. The substances were packaged “consistent with a mid-level distribution operation,” police allege.
The remaining felony charges are “for possession of a weapon by a criminal.” The actor was reportedly found with a “Glock 19 pistol and a Draco AK47 semi-automatic mini pistol.”
This is not the first time Mitchell has made headlines, as he dealt with multiple controversies in 2019.
Jason Mitchell’s rep speaks
After being booked in jail, the actor was released that same afternoon on $ 150,000 bail, for Page Six.
On April 23, 2023, Mitchell’s manager addressed the arrest, saying TMZ “Jason is at home with his family right now, working on an amazing new project. The news moves fast and many times without all the facts. This misunderstanding will be resolved shortly. We are confident that blind justice judicial systems will protect Jason’s rights and allow him to tell his story. ”
The representative added: “During the pandemic, it is best that we focus on the importance of our nation returning to its full capacity.” However, the representative did not add any particular details about the arrest.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Mitchell has been in the spotlight for controversial reasons. In 2019, the actor was fired by his agency and fired from certain work projects due to allegations of misconduct, reported deadline .
So what happened?
Jason Mitchell was charged with sexual harassment
Jason Mitchell landed his decisive role in 2015, when he played rapper Eazy-E in the biopic. Directly from Compton , according to the US. Today . Mitchell went on to play Brandon Johnson in El Chi , a television drama about “Chicago’s South Side Neighbors” created by actor Lena Waithe.
Then in 2018, Mitchell’s El Chi co-star Tiffany Boone left the series after making sexual harassment allegations against her, according to The Hollywood Reporter . Although Boone claims that her concerns were ignored, Waithe said during an appearance in The Breakfast Club that she handled Mitchell directly. “There was definitely a conversation where I called him and it became very real,” he said. “’You must be respectful to any woman on set. You must be respectful to everyone.
After establishing himself as a key character in El Chi , Mitchell was cast in the Netflix movie Desperados . While in Mexico to work on the Netflix production, Mitchell was removed from the film in May 2019 when a colleague claimed he was sexually inappropriate with her in an incident that took place off-set, according to Deadline .
Netflix was the first to drop the actor, but soon after they let him go, Showtime’s El Chi did the same. Not only that, but Mitchell was eliminated by the United Talent Agency, by Deadline .
Jason Mitchell shares his side of the story
After allegations of misconduct, actor Jason Mitchell appeared on The Breakfast Club in November 2019 to address the claims against him. The actor said he felt he didn’t have a fair chance to defend himself before Netflix dropped him.
Mitchell claims that the incident in question occurred overnight in Mexico, the filming location for Desperados . The actor alleges that when a co-worker got drunk, he decided to help her home, a gesture that, according to him, was misinterpreted. “Being the person that I am, I felt responsible for making sure I got home,” she said. “Because they are already telling us, like, ‘Don’t take the Ubers, don’t trust these people, don’t get in a taxi, don’t do any of that.’ We are in Mexico City and we are in a foreign country and we must stay together «.
Mitchell added: “This is not where I leave it. So I make sure I get home and the next day it all slapped me … I made sure I get home, but other than that nothing really happened. ”
The next day, the trial was canceled and Mitchell was called in to share his side of the story. When the production decided to send him home, Mitchell stated that he was never clearly stated what he was accused of, noting that he was paid in full for his work.
Going back to Mitchell’s arrest in April 2023, fans will just have to wait and see how this case unfolds.