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Judge Joe Brown found himself on the wrong side of the law this week. According to reports, the former TV personality was arrested and jailed after throwing a temper tantrum in a Tennessee courtroom today.

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Brown, who was charged with five counts of contempt of court, allegedly yelled at a juvenile court magistrate during a child support hearing. TMZ reported he “incited a near riot” after the juvenile court staff turned him away, claiming they had no record of the case in question. The 66-year-old, who was representing a client at the hearing, lost his cool and left the courtroom “screaming the entire time.”

According to CNN, Brown “challenged the authority” and got “pretty raucous” during his appearance. As a result, Juvenile Court Magistrate Harold “Hal” Horne ordered the TV judge to spend five days in a Memphis jail, where he currently remains.

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His popular reality show “Judge Joe Brown” aired from 1998 to 2013.

Check out his mug shot, courtesy of TMZ.

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