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'Pawn Star' Chum Lee I'm Going to Become A TRANSGENDER

10/17/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chaz Bono has proven to be an inspiration to the guys over at "Pawn Stars" ... at least when it comes to a Halloween costume.

TMZ has learned ... Chum Lee will transform into Chaz for one of his Halloween parties this year ... chin strap and all ... and he's totally fired up about it. 

Don't worry -- we're already working on getting the pictures.


History Channel Super-Car The Charred Remains

10/8/2011 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
1004_pawn_stars_hot_rod_launch_EX_v2It was destroyed in a blazing inferno last week -- and now TMZ has obtained pictures of its smoldering remains ... the History Channel's famous cherry '57 Chevy.

TMZ broke the story ... the car -- which became the centerpiece in a massive three-show special involving "American Pickers," "American Restoration," and "Pawn Stars" -- burst into flames last Friday.

But thankfully, these guys are pros -- and as we previously reported, they had the car completely repaired in a few hours.

'Pawn Stars' Toy Expert Accused of Choking Woman, Holding Knife to Throat

10/5/2011 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Las Vegas toy expert often featured on "Pawn Stars" has been named in a police report -- by a woman who claims Johnny Jimenez choked her and held a knife against her throat ... and she tells us, he also threatened to kill her.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Las Vegas Metro PD received a call from a woman claiming to be Johnny's girlfriend. The woman says she had been in an intense verbal argument with Johnny at his home ... when things escalated and Johnny got physical.

We're told the argument began when Johnny accused the woman of stealing $1,000 from him.

The woman told police Johnny choked her pretty hard -- leaving several marks around her neck and chest. The woman also claims Johnny grabbed a knife at some point in the argument and held it against her throat.

TMZ spoke to the alleged victim who tells us ... Johnny was threatening to kill her during the argument and she feared for her life when Johnny put the knife against her throat.

We're told the woman met with police after the incident -- and filed a formal complaint. An ambulance was also called to check out her injuries.

Police are investigating the incident -- and we're told cops would like to speak with Jimenez ASAP.

TMZ spoke with a staffer at Johnny's toy shop, who tells us the woman was Johnny's housekeeper -- not his girlfriend.

The alleged victim insists she and Johnny have been dating since March -- and claims she was only cleaning his home as a favor.


Classic 'Pawn Stars' Chevy Returned to Cherry State ... Within Hours

10/3/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Knowing a good mechanic is the key -- the guys from "Pawn Stars" proved that Friday when their incinerated classic '57 Chevy was fixed within hours and returned in tip top shape.

Immediately after the fire was extinguished, the car was sent to show regular The Count from Count Customs, who replaced the tires and steering wheel ... as well as lots of other parts. 

The car was a gift to "The Old Man" on "Pawn Stars" from stars of various History Channel shows, including "American Restoration" and "American Pickers."  It caught fire Friday AM.

The repairs cost "the Old Man" around $3,000.


History Channel Cherry '57 Chevy Bursts Into Flames

9/30/2011 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A History Channel orgy that brought together the stars of "American Pickers," "American Restoration," and "Pawn Stars" has ended in a fiery wreck.

In case you missed the 3-show special -- "American Pickers" found a classic, '57 Chevy fixer-upper ... "American Restoration" brought it back to life ... and then both shows gifted it to the Old Man from "Pawn Stars" as a birthday present.

But in a tragic turn of events, it overheated this morning ... and burst into flames.

Bad luck for the Old Man ... it's the second time this year one of his cars was incinerated by fire -- back in February, his 1966 Imperial Crown Convertible -- another cherry car --  was engulfed in flames.

'Pawn Stars' Chumlee Drops $11k on B-Day Bash LET'S POP CRISTAL!!!

9/7/2011 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Pawn Stars" badass Austin "Chumlee" Russell made one hell of a birthday negotiation at a nightclub this weekend -- You give me 40 bottles of Cristal ... I'll give you $11 THOUSAND DOLLARS!!

Chumlee rolled into Push nightclub in Tunica, Mississippi on Saturday night -- and decided he wanted to treat the entire place to some fancy champagne ... so he did.

Chum -- who was hanging with "Pawn Stars" bodyguard Antoine -- racked up a total bill of $9,558 ... and then dropped a $2,000 tip ... for a grand total of $11,558.

Wonder what the Old Man would say ...


Chumlee from 'Pawn Stars' I Paid to See a Samurai FIGHT a Tiger

8/11/2011 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
0810_chum_lee_tattoo_launch_EX_WM_v2"Pawn Stars" badass Chumlee tells TMZ, he has ALWAYS wanted to see a samurai versus a tiger in a fight to the death -- so he did what any person would do in that situation ... he paid a tattoo artist to ink the violent scene on his leg.

According to Chum, he's already sat through three lengthy sessions at Show Room Tattoo in Vegas -- and he's still got about ten more hours of inkwork to go.
It should be completed soon -- but Chum's not looking forward to more needle-to-skin contact ... telling us, "To those who say it doesn't hurt to get tattoos, stop lying! Every time I go it hurts worse!!"

Tiny Pawn Shop to 'Pawn Stars' - We Own the Name!

7/11/2011 2:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A Florida pawn shop is standing up -- David vs. Goliath style -- to the producers of the mega-hit "Pawn Stars," claiming it owns the name fair and square and they won't change it.


A&E Television Networks fired off a cease and desist letter to pawnbroker Frank Bishop last week -- claiming Bishop's use of the term "pawn star" constitutes fraud and trademark infringement, demanding he change the name stat.

But Bishop ain't budging, claiming in a strongly-worded letter he registered the term "Pawn Star" in 2006, 3 years before A&E entered the pawn world ... so they can take a hike.

Of course, everyone has a price -- and Bishop's lawyer, Jeffrey Kaufman, tells us, Frank would bow to A&E's demands in exchange for a large fee ... "If you want to take something, this is America. Write a check."

A rep for A&E Television Networks had no comment.

'Pawn Star' Half the Hoss He Used to Be

7/8/2011 2:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison from "Pawn Stars" dropped over 100 POUNDS in less than five months, TMZ has learned -- all thanks to hard work ... and a little help from his doctor.

Hoss tells TMZ, he decided to get lap band surgery back in February -- after his doctor diagnosed him as a prediabetic.

According to Hoss, he's already lost 115 pounds, and continues to shed the weight -- working out with a trainer 5 days a week ALONG with participating in Krav Maga fighting classes.

Hoss' weight issues have been a topic on the show -- and Rick even built a gym in the pawn shop to encourage Hoss and Chumlee to drop the weight.

Glad to see it's working out.


'Pawn Stars' Guys Five Figures on Fireworks

7/4/2011 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guys from "Pawn Stars" love America more than anyone you know ... that is, If how much you love America is measured by how much money you spend on fireworks during Fourth of July weekend.

Corey Harrison and Chum Lee tell TMZ they are forking over $10,000 on a boatload of fireworks -- including roman candles and enormous bottle rockets. The pair plan on setting them off on Monday, somewhere in the Las Vegas desert.

The guys also plan to have a contest against each other to see who can shoot the shop's bowling ball mortar cannon the farthest.

Safety first, boys!

'Pawn Star' -- Bargain Deal for SICK Maserati

6/13/2011 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Those "Pawn Stars" guys are BALLIN' ... because Chumlee just bought a BADASS Maserati -- and he used his haggling skills to knock a ton of cash off the sticker price!!!

TMZ spoke with Chum who tells us ... when he walked into the Vegas dealership Thursday, the guys wanted around $100k for the jet black whip. But Chum was able to drive off with the car for only $85,000.

The Old Man would be proud.

'Pawn Star' -- We Sold the Missile Guidance System!

5/6/2011 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The "Pawn Stars" crew can finally wash their hands of that whole missile crisis -- because one of the stars of the show tells TMZ ... they finally sold the damn thing.0321-pawn-stars-ex-tmz-credit_3

TMZ ran into Corey Harrison in New York City yesterday, where he told us they unloaded the AIM-120 AMRAAM missile guidance system (pictured below) ... but he didn't divulge who he sold it to ... or for how much.

As least the Pentagon doesn't have a reason to sniff around their shop anymore ... for now.


'Pawn Stars' Big Hoss -- Big Break In Battery Case

4/19/2011 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison from the History Channel show "Pawn Stars" is one lucky guy -- TMZ has learned officials will NOT press charges against him over an altercation at a biker bar last month.


TMZ broke the story -- Harrison was arrested in Big Bear, CA for battery and resisting arrest after a drunken confrontation with a local biker. 

Now, officials at the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office tell us ... prosecutors have reviewed the Sheriff's report and decided there wasn't enough evidence to convict Harrison ... so they dropped the case.

Harrison tells TMZ, "I was always hopeful this would all work out positively in the end. Can't wait for the next snowboarding season so I can personally thank the sheriffs dept. for clearing this up!"

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