Police say hip-hop media executive and former reality television star Benzino was arrested at the Atlanta airport after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on bag. Benzino, whose real name is Raymond Scott, told The Associated Press on Wednesday (Jan. 28) it was an “unfortunate and honest mistake.” He says he forgot to remove the gun from his bag.
He was charged Tuesday with carrying a gun in an unauthorized location and released an hour later on $3,000 bond. Benzino, the CEO of Hip-Hop Weekly magazine, appeared on VH1′s reality show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta and is a former co-owner of The Source magazine. Last year, Benzino was shot by his nephew while driving in a funeral procession for his mother in Massachusetts.