"Chrisley Knows Best" Star Avoids Meth Possession Charges

By Paul Gaita 06/20/19

Kyle Chrisley was arrested last month after police found meth in a cup inside of his car.

"Chrisley Knows Best" Star  Kyle Chrisley
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Felony drug possession charges have been dropped for Kyle Chrisley, though he still faces a second and more serious charge of making terroristic threats against his ex-wife.

TMZ reported that Chrisley—the eldest son of real estate businessman and reality television star Todd Chrisley—will no longer face charges for possession of methamphetamine, for which he was arrested in Oklahoma in May 2019.

According to TMZ, the drugs in question were found in a cup in his car after police pulled him over for a broken taillight. The drugs were not on his person, which presented a greater challenge to prosecutors. However, the charges of threats against his wife remain on the books in Georgia, though Chrisley was released on his own recognizance.

Chrisley, whose struggle with drug dependency was showcased during his single-season run on Chrisley Knows Best, was booked into Okmulgee County Jail for felony possession of methamphetamine.

TMZ provided body camera footage of police officers discovering a bag containing what was described as methamphetamine in a cup holder located in the center console of Chrisley's car.

Because the drugs were found in the car and not on Chrisley's person, TMZ stated that law enforcement officials with the Okmulgee County District Court had declined to prosecute him for the possession charge. Prosecutors apparently faced a greater challenge in gaining a conviction under such circumstances.

TMZ also reported that given more serious charges Chrisley faced in Georgia, Okmulgee County decided to drop the drug charges. When Chrisley was arrested for the drug charges, the county also held him for an open warrant issued January 2019 in Dekalb County, Georgia. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Chrisley had allegedly sent several texts that threaten his estranged wife, Alexus.

In one text, Chrisley reportedly told Alexus that he would "take care of this problem with you because if I'm not with you nobody will be [sic]." When asked if he was issuing a threat, Chrisley allegedly responded by writing, "yes: it was. Goodbye," and also reportedly sent images to his ex-wife that showed him using drugs and holding a gun to his head. 

TMZ posted a mugshot of Chrisley and reported that he had been "booked" for issuing the alleged threats before being released.

Chrisley has had several run-ins with the law in the past half-decade.

Custody of Chloe was eventually granted to his father Todd Chrisley. In an interview with the British press, Kyle Chrisley accused his father of using his daughter to attract viewers to his reality show.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.