'Pawn Star' Olivia Black Fired In Midst Of Nude Photo Scandal
Olivia Black was once a nude model, and then a "Pawn Star," but now she is neither. Black, 27, was recently fired from The History Channel's reality series Pawn Stars, starring Rick Harrison, Richard "Old Man' Harrison, Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison and Austin "Chumlee" Russell, only days after a topless photograph from the softcore pornographic website Suicidegirls.com was posted by the National Enquirer. In the photo, Black is wearing nothing but black underwear and has her bare chest exposed. Allegedly, Black began modeling for the site, which highlights women who evoke a punk/goth image, in 2008 and adpoted the modeling name Belladonna.
It initially appeared that Black was fired because of the nude photos, considering upon announcing her firing on Facebook she linked to a number of articles citing the release of her nude modeling past. However, according to E! News, Black’s role was minor on the show, and she was simply let go.
"I wanted to take the time to let everyone know, I posted the links about me being let go because I thought the stories were funny," Black wrote on her Facebook page. "I am in no way shape or form stating that is the reason I was let go," she posted on Facebook. "I hope you all have a glorious day!!!!! Thank you for all of the love and support!"
The History Channel, which is in the midst of a $5 million lawsuit over the show’s stars, according to THR, has yet to comment on Black’s firing. Pawn Stars, now in its sixth season, airs Mondays at 10 p.m EST.