Actress Maia Campbell made headlines on Monday after a video of her went viral. In the video, it appears that Campbell is just wearing a bra and underwear while she can even be heard saying she wants some crack, and telling a story a tale about an experience she had with a Persian stripper.
This comes as a shock to many who have followed Campbell’s career, as she was believed to have kicked her substance abuse habit in 2015, following her appearance on an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life. To learn more about Campbell and her career, here are five fast facts you need to know.
1. She’s Best Known for Starring in the ’90s Sitcom ‘In the House’
Campbell began her acting career in 1993, when she played the role of Lucky’s (Tupac Shakur) cousin in the romance film Poetic Justice. From there, she took her talents to television, where she starred as Nicole in the Fox series South Central (1994) and hosted the young adult magazine show Twenty-four/Seven (1995).
Her most popular role, however, was in the NBC sitcom In the House (1995-98). Playing opposite LL Cool J and Debbie Allen, Campbell starred as Tiffany Warren, a high school student whose family rents a room out of Cool J’s mansion. For her efforts, Campbell was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Comedy Series in 1996.
2. She Was Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder & Sentenced to a Mental Health Facility in 2010
Campbell has dealt with bipolar disorder her entire career. According to The Huffington Post, though, it didn’t begin to damager her career until she stopped her medical treatments. In 2010, Campbell was arrested for theft and sent to a mandatory mental health facility. After her release, she lived voluntarily at a residential treatment center with the intention of eventually living on her own again.
During this time, the actress also agreed to appear on an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life in 2010 to open up about her life. “You had bipolar disorder,” states Iyanla in the interview, “You were thinking on your own, and you weren’t taking your meds. And what did that result in?”
Campbell was frank in her response: “Chaos. There’s a lot of pain that goes into my story, a lot of issues with my mom. A lot of times when I was out there running the streets that I bumped into the wrong person and they brought me down.”
3. She Has a Teenage Daughter Named Elisha
Campbell was married to Elias Gutierrez from 1998 to 2002, and the couple had one daughter, Elizabeth Elisha Gutierrez in 2000. Due to her reluctance to treat her bipolar disorder however, Campbell lost custody of her daughter the following year. When Elizabeth (also known as “Elisha”) appeared on the aforementioned episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, it is said that she has been living with her father.
“Maia hopes to one day regain custody of her daughter,” says Iyanla, “But first she had to focus on mending their broken relationship.” When given a chance to sit down with Elisha, Campbell says “I want you to know that I love you and that none of this is your fault and you’re the reason I’m trying to get better.” Elisha is currently 17.
4. Her Former Co-Star LL Cool J Is Asking Fans to Help Him Find Her
The video of Campbell surfaced on July 8th. In the video, she can be seen dancing up and down at a gas station and saying that she was raped by a man claiming to be Bill Cosby. Among the other topics of discussion between her and the man recording the video was an encounter she had with a Persian stripper that Campbell was forced to get physical with.
After the video went viral, Campbell’s In the House co-star LL Cool J took to social media. “Instead of pulling out your phone and filming someone who’s obviously having trouble,” he wrote on Twitter, “Maybe lend a helping hand? A kind word?” On Sunday, LL posted a picture of Campbell on Instagram with the caption “If someone has a contact on Maia pls let me know..”
5. This Isn’t the First Time a Video of Campbell Has Gone Viral
Campbell has previously dealt with videos of her going viral. In 2010, a video surfaced of the actress sitting in a car and dropping a series of profanities while talking with two unseen men. She appears to be under the influence in the video, and around the 5:15 mark, she claims that she’s looking for her daughter. The content may be offensive to some, but you can watch it in its entirety here.
In 2015, the same year that Campbell was arrested , a video of her twerking also went viral. “LL Cool J she done fell off dog,” says the man recording the video, “Come get your niece bruh,” referring to their relationship on In the House. Before the video is over, however, Campbell offers to twerk for the man, and chants “This is how your mama terk.” Watch the 15-second clip above.