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Benzino Does Interview From Hospital Bed

Update: Benzino’s nephew is now claiming self defense! “My client and his family, including Maureen [Scott] vehemently deny any accusations that Benzino is making. I would suggest that he [the uncle] has an agenda in utilizing and self-promoting at this time,” said the attorney Christopher B. Coughlin on behalf of Maureen Scott, Benzino’s sister and Gai Scott’s mother.

In case you missed it: “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star Benzino was shot twice this weekend by his nephew, Gai Scott. Benzino was trying to avoid his mother’s funeral that was happening at the same time, but ended up on the same path as the rest of his family who were attending the morbid event. Benzino suffered non-fatal injuries and recovered in the hospital where he was visited by friends and family.

The reality star spoke to the Boston Globe from his hospital bed (as if he was going to let the opportunity to be interviewed go by…no matter the circumstance) and cites a bitter family rivalry as the cause of the violent showdown. Benzino’s nephew plead “not guilty” to armed assault with intent to murder.

Ironically, Benzino said he chose not to go to the funeral because he didn’t want any problems. “I can love my mother and there doesn’t have to be any problems with family,” he said.

Zino described the encounter saying, “I looked over, there was a car, and all I saw was a gun shooting at me,” Benzino said. “I was trying to duck and dodge, drive around it, maneuver the car. . . . I was bleeding a lot. I was driving with my thumb in my shoulder to try to stop the bleeding.”

Benzino (and the rest of the crew, newcomers) are gearing up for the forthcoming season of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.” While we won’t go as far as to say this was a huge publicity stunt, it is definitely garnering attention around the show. Rumor has it…cameras may have been filming!

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