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Jason Mitchell Was Fleeing COVID-19 Pandemic At Time Of Arrest, Hit With Felony Charges

Jason Mitchell

“Straight Outta Compton” star Jason Mitchell got busted for drugs and weapons last week, but he wants y’all to know that, contrary to reports about his arrest, he is not about that life.

Mitchell’s agent, Dr. Glenn Toby, tells TMZ the actor was driving a rental and attempting to flee the coronavirus pandemic when cops busted him in Mississippi with guns, 2 pounds of marijuana and 1,300 doses of MDMA cops found inside the vehicle.

The actor claims he was operating a friend’s rental car.

Via TMZ:

Jason was using the car to flee with his immediate family to a safer spot to shelter-in-place during the coronavirus pandemic, because where they were staying had become dangerous.

The agent claims Mitchell decided to leave in his friend’s rental instead of hiring a car service … due to fears of COVID-19 exposure.

Mitchell was initially pulled over for careless driving, and there was a woman and a minor inside (family members), and they were heading to his mother’s home before getting stopped and arrested.

The actor is facing 2 felony charges for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, and 2 felony charges for possession of a weapon by a felon, the report states.

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Jason Mitchell
Jason Mitchell’s mugshot

Late last year, Mitchell hit up The Breakfast Club to speak out about the sexual harassment accusations that were levelled against him by several actresses. 

We previously reported… Mitchell was fired from the Showtime drama “The Chi” and dropped from the Netflix film “Desperados” — following complaints about his behavior from co-stars, including actress Tiffany Boone, who played his on-screen girlfriend on “The Chi.”

Back in August, Mitchell gave a brief statement on Instagram confirming he was no longer on series, and added, “To everyone commenting without any knowledge of what’s going please stop…and to all my supporters I appreciate you all and I’m sorry I will no longer be in (“The Chi”)..but don’t believe what you read in the media…”

During his conversation with The Breakfast Club, Mitchell was questioned about what led up to the allegations.

“To be honest I’m not 100 percent sure what the allegations themselves were,” Mitchell said. “But I can tell you what happened.” He went on to explain a situation related to his dismissal from the film “Desperados.”

“I went out with a co-worker of mine and she got drunk,” he said. “I made sure she got home and the next day it all kind of slapped me in my face, I’m not sure if her and her significant other had a situation…. I actually had a girlfriend at the time too as well, and I felt like I was doing the right thing. The next day they canceled the rehearsal, I told them my side of the story and I don’t know if there was something that I missed.”

He then addressed the situation with Boone, and denied engaging in any inappropriate behavior with her.

“If you try her, she will get you together right then and there, you know what I mean?” he said of Boone. “She not takin’ nothin,’ at all. I encourage people to be more like that, because had me and Tiffany ever had a situation where I don’t know, she might have felt sexually harassed, I can bet my bottom dollar, she would have told me about myself in that moment.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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