'L&HH's Tommie Lee Avoids Prison Time in Daughter's Child Abuse Case
Despite her constant violation of the law, her blatant disregard of court orders, and pleading guilty to child abuse allegations, “Love & Hip Hop” star Tommie Lee will avoid jail time in her child abuse case. A judge sentenced Lee to 10-years, but none behind bars.
Tommie Lee’s lifestyle must take a turn for the better if she doesn’t want to go to jail.
The 34-year-old was facing up to 54 years in prison after being indicted on multiple child abuse charges, but after pleading guilty and asking for help to enter a mental health rehabilitation program, a judge gave her a ten-year sentence, but she won’t have to serve them in jail.
According to a representative of the Cobb County District Attorney in Georgia, Tommie Lee pleaded guilty to one count of cruelty to children in the first degree, three counts of simple battery, family violence, and one count of disrupting public school.
A judge ruled that Lee would have to serve two years and the rest on probation, but the two years are suspended, and she has to complete a residential recovery program and 12 months of successful aftercare with a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Under her decade-long probation, Lee “can't have violent contact with a child, can't travel outside the state of Georgia without written approval and can't attend work or promo events where drugs or alcohol are present,” TMZ reported.
On top of that, Lee was given an 11 PM curfew, has to pay a $1,000 fine and agreed to submit to random drug and alcohol testing.
Any violation of her probation will result in immediate jail time. She’s now out of custody and in the recovery program.
THE INITIAL ARREST
Last January, Lee was indicted by the state of Georgia after she assaulted her middle school-aged daughter last October.
According to reports, Lee disrupted her daughter’s class, slapped her on the hands with her purse strap, then across the face, dragged her down the hall by her hair, and threw her into a metal locker.
After her initial arrest, Lee posted a $27,000 bond and was released with a court order that stated she had to stay away from her daughter.
However, only three hours after her release, Lee tried to contact the girl, which led to her second arrest in less than 24 hours.
THE THIRD ARREST
On March 14, Lee was scheduled to appear in court for a hearing regarding the child abuse case, but she was so intoxicated that the judge ordered an immediate drug and alcohol test.
Her blood alcohol level was 0.16, twice the legal limit, and the judge ordered her arrest for violating the terms of her probation.
Lee is no stranger to jail and even gave birth to her daughter Samaria while incarcerated.
She’s been in and out of jail in repeated occasions for assault and disorderly conduct, and still managed to be a regular cast member of “L&HH.”
Her future on the reality show is now uncertain since the court order of staying away from drug and alcohol might make filming for the show a difficult task.
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