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Report: RHOA’s Marlo Hampton and her past revealed in more detail

Marlo Hampton last July. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Marlo Hampton last July. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Straight From the A, a local gossip web site, broke the story last year about Marlo Hampton’s arrival on “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

The site also broke the story about Hampton’s rather shaky past. Hampton herself brought up her seven arrests to NeNe Leakes in an episode of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” this past Sunday. She said she had attacked a woman in a club and was re-arrested for probation problems.

Among the charges that I saw in a Nexis/Lexis background search last year, she was arrested in 2002 for firearms possession in Florida. In 1999, she was arrested for aggravated battery, which presumably was the nightclub incident.

Michelle Brown, who runs Straight from the A, received an email from a family member of the woman Hampton attacked.

Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 12:33 PM
To: “MBrown@straightfromthea.com”

Hello M. Brown,

My name is [name removed], and the young lady that Marlo slaughtered was my sister, [name removed].

My sister’s son, and my family does not have any ill feelings towards Marlo. That’s between her and God.

All that we ask is for her not to refer to my sister as a b**** or even mention her name, because she has passed away.

We wish her luck in her career

Brown chose not to name the woman, who isn’t a public figure. The woman, Brown wrote, was horribly disfigured in the face after Hampton’s attack.  The woman also committed suicide six years later, Brown wrote.

After the initial reports of her arrest last year, Hampton reached out to Straight From the A and wrote in part:

“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.

UPDATE: At 4 p.m. today, Hampton sent me this statement:

“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.”

I ignored the suicide story when I first saw it on Monday on Mediatakeout.com, a reprehensibly irresponsible gossip website that tends to exaggerate stories and swipe other sites’ stories without credit. It provided some of this Hampton info without saying where it got it from. Brown, who is far more credible, told me that she had to have her attorney contact the site  to inform them to give her credit. Mediatakeout eventually did, without linking to her site, which is a typical Web courtesy. Mediatakeout will get all huffy if people do not cite them for exclusives but will take other people’s work without attribution.

Hampton’s violent past is probably why “Real Housewives” ultimately chose not to make Hampton a full-time cast member. For now, she is merely a “recurring character.”

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

24 comments Add your comment

True be that.

January 11th, 2012
12:58 pm

Trash, i guess you get what you pay for.

True be that.

January 11th, 2012
12:58 pm

PS, she fits in well.

macbeus

January 11th, 2012
1:24 pm

I know that was not Marlo Hampton who made the comment above. It must have been an imposter. If it was her then that means that she has not grown any or learned anything from her past. I know I would not want to work with anyone with a past like hers. It is what it is. You don’t plant weeds and expect flowers to spring up.

Y. Lattimore DryerBuzz

January 11th, 2012
1:31 pm

Did Rodney just do a rant at the end there lol :)

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January 11th, 2012
1:58 pm

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nancy

January 11th, 2012
2:40 pm

Bravo sucks!!! They wanted to get on Nenes nerves so bad that they put a criminal on their show.Its one thing if she changed,but obviously she hasn’t.(by her post above) Sad,sad,sad….she’s stuck in the 5th grade.what does she expect,she put herself out there.This behavior isn’t normal,Bravo will pay dearly if she decides to go off.She needs to Go!!!

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Von

January 11th, 2012
4:29 pm

@Marlo Hampton- What did she do to deserve her face being f’d up for LIFE? You guys were at a bar and you could have easily walked away. Man, that’s messed up what you did. You walk around proudly with your pretty, flawless and unscarred face but yet you jack someone face up for life (Yes, I said it again). I’m glad you’re not a cast member of RHOA. Also, you should have gotten more time in jail.

Marlo Hampton

January 11th, 2012
4:53 pm

First off, this is not the real Marlo Hampton. However my point was to make you think about how you trash people on your site for the sole purpose of getting more traffic and a few dollars. I doubt if even she would be that dumb to make a threat to you or anyone else especially with her criminal past. Just be careful of the negative energy you put out because it usually comes back to you three-fold. I also want to point out that AJC should have a better way of identifying their commenters as anyone can post a comment about someone. Also note that the blogger was never even mentioned in the two previous comments. Now don’t you feel stupid…LOL

Marlo Hampton

January 11th, 2012
4:55 pm

NEVER BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ ON THE INTERNET….70% ARE LIES AND 30% ARE HALF TRUTHS…GO FIGURE.

Marlo Hampton

January 11th, 2012
5:04 pm

Reading Marlo’s letter to Mr. Ho sounds very plausible since if what she is claiming is true who in their right mind would not do what it takes to protect themselves? Before anyone says dial 911…you must first be able to get to a phone to do that and it only takes seconds before a crime is committed against someone. Just look at the crime statistics across this nation? Unfortunately for Marlo, she just got caught riding dirty.

PS: To the blogger who name I never mentioned..sorry if I offended you with those mean words but like I said earlier..everything is not always about entertainment. Don’t assume everything you read are the facts. God bless and have a great life.

Michelle Brown

January 11th, 2012
5:05 pm

I love you Marlo Hampton…will you forgive me? LOL!

you can't be serious

January 11th, 2012
5:12 pm

I mean really, you can’t be serious ot think that Marlo actually posted that comment. You people are idiots. Surely she has more sense to make a threat to someone on a national website.

They will believe anything

January 11th, 2012
5:15 pm

See people have know lives to believe what they read on the internet. Wonder how many people really believed Marlo Hampton would even threaten someone on the internet?

scary blogger

January 11th, 2012
5:16 pm

I am sure that blogger got scared but she shouldn’t throw bricks at people all the time in the name of entertainment…come on really?

I Inspire

January 11th, 2012
9:22 pm

I am very disappointed that Bravo would put that criminal on for viewers to watch. Are you kidding me. what message are they sending out. Arrested (7) times. Assault with a knife. So, where are you guys deciding to take the show? I don’t want to see a Marlo on any show for viewing. A socialite …. who knifed a girls face up. Say What Now….

Cinnamon

January 12th, 2012
6:02 am

She’s trying so hard to self-promote; it was obvious a few weeks ago that she/a friend were posting here “we want more Marlo! she’s great!” Each entry was written similarly. I DISLIKE her on the show. I DISLIKE her even more after learning this. Bravo, take her OFF.

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truthpaste

January 14th, 2012
4:32 am

Rodney,
Huffington Post could take a lesson from you. They always link to a MTO story and end up with egg on their face. Way to be a responsible reporter.

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RENEE GREENE

January 14th, 2012
7:27 pm

Who cares? really.

sharon mark-asante

January 16th, 2012
3:31 pm

The show is quite entertaining, and Marlo and Ne-Ne works well together