35-year-old Marlo Hampton hasn’t even been officially announced as the newest cast member of The Real Housewives of Atlanta yet and she’s already grabbing headlines! It’s hard to compete with Kim Zolciak giving birth, but having an extensive criminal record that includes seven mug shots in less than five years certainly comes close!
Before we get into Marlo mug shot mania, let me talk a little bit about her surprise addition to the real peaches of the ATL. Straight From the A broke the story on May 23rd, reporting that Marlo was “spotted at IIDA Georgia Chapter’s ‘Dressed in the Garden of Eden’ event at Piedmont park a few weeks ago with cameras in tow.” Marlo was with her fiance, NFL player Charles Grant, who made RHOA headlines when rumors spread that he was hooking up with NeNe Leakes thanks in part to a phone call from Kim Zolciak to Watch What Happens: Live with NeNe as a guest. (CLICK HERE to watch the clip. Strangely it’s a Bravo video that won’t embed?)
Marlo also has some money reportedly thanks to a rich Atlanta sugar daddy. Click here to find out who he is.
^ Marlo Hampton’s fiance Charles Grant at the New Orleans Saints’ 2008 Bayou Bling Charity Weekend Celebrity Basketball Charity Game held at the Lynwood Recreation Center in Atlanta on June 21, 2008. (Photo: Splash News)
Kim says early on in the conversation, “I don’t cheat on my man like you do.” Then, if you fast forward to the 3:00 (remaining) mark and if you can tune out NeNe’s patented repetitive hollering, you can hear Kim say, “You want to talk about personal life? How about I call up Charles [bleep] [inaudible] cheating on Greg in January?” So, in essence, Bravo is adding the fiancee of NeNe Leakes’ rumored mistress to the cast! THAT should provide some serious fireworks!
And speaking of fireworks, I’m sure there will be more of those when the topic of Marlo Hampton’s criminal past comes up! Between the 1999 and 2003 Marlo was booked seven times in Hillsborough County, Florida (Tampa) for crimes ranging from aggravated battery to bouncing a check. To be fair to Marlo, it appears that all of her appearances in front of the booking camera stem from an aggravated battery arrest in 1999 and subsequent incidents surrounding that arrest, including parole violations.
Marlo addressed the arrests and her disappointment that they are her first headline in a brief statement to Bossip:
“Let me first state that I am not ashamed of my past as that has helped me become a better woman today,” Marlo told BOSSIP in a statement. “We all have a past and my hard-knock childhood in and out of the Foster Care system is a reflection on a bigger issue we are faced with here in America, a broken Foster Care system. 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 then just what is being said of me and I have a story to tell.”
I’m sure Bravo will give Marlo the opportunity to address her past with one of their one-on-one dinner or drinks scenes with another of the ladies in the cast. Until then all we have are the pictures and the arrest records! So, here are all of the (known) Marlo Hampton mug shot photos in chronological order with the charges for each booking:
MARLO HAMPTON MUG SHOT PHOTO #1
May 26, 1999 arrest for Aggravated Battery / Great bodily harm with a weapon, which is a first degree felony. Marlo was 23-years-old and living in St. Petersberg at the time of her arrest. She was released later the same day on $5,000 bond. Her lawyer is listed as John Trivena. And since this is the first booking photo I will use this entry to say that Marlo’s full name is Marlo Patrice Hampton and her birthday is February 7, 1976.
We have new information that this incidence involved slashing a woman’s face, and that the victim committed suicide 6 years after the incidence, leaving behind a young son.
MARLO HAMPTON MUG SHOT PHOTO #2
September 28, 1999 sentencing for her Aggravated Battery / Great bodily harm felony conviction. It appears as though the deadly weapon portion of the charges were dropped, which means Marlo’s conviction was for a second-degree felony instead of the first-degree felony she was initially charged with. Online records show Marlo was released on January 28, 2000.
MARLO HAMPTON MUG SHOT PHOTO #3
June 19, 2000 Marlo is picked up for a parole violation stemming from her aggravated battery conviction. The online records do not list what the specific violation was, but it does say she was released on October 8, 2000 for time served.
MARLO HAMPTON MUG SHOT PHOTO #4
February 14, 2001 On Valentine’s Day in 2001 Marlo violated her parole once again. She was released six days later.
MARLO HAMPTON MUG SHOT PHOTO #5
September 9, 2002 Marlo is arrested for “Obtaining Property or Services in Return for Worthless Checks, Drafts, or Debit Card Orders (under $150),” which is a misdemeanor charge. She was released on bond the following day.
MARLO HAMPTON MUG SHOT PHOTO #6
December 4, 2002 Marlo is picked up and charged with possession of a firearm, which is of course against the law for a convicted felon. She was released after nine days.
MARLO HAMPTON MUG SHOT PHOTO #7
July 28, 2003 Another parole violation lands Marlo back in jail. Once again, there are no details available about the specific violation, but it says she was released 30 days later on August 27, 2003.
Here’s video of Marlo discussing her “couple run-ins with the law” on the Real Housewives of Atlanta: