Maia Campbell Responds to LL Cool J Offering Her Help, LL Cool J Comments

Over the weekend, a video of actress Maia Campbell went viral after being heavily circulated all over the web. In the video, taken at a gas station in Atlanta, Georgia, Campbell was visibly high, missing a couple of teeth, and willing to do just about anything in order to get a fix from the man who recorded her. “I want some crack,” she told the camera while clad in a bra and some shorts.

Though it wasn’t the first time a video of that nature has popped up of the former In The House actress as its star, the general public response was one of sadness.

One response in particular stood out more than the rest. Rapper LL Cool J, who was also her former co-star, turned to social media Sunday evening (July 9) and tweeted, “Instead of pulling out your phone and filming someone who’s obviously having trouble. Maybe lend a helping hand? A kind word? @MaiaCampbell”


The Lip Sync Battle host also created a call to action, asking his followers to help assist him with finding the troubled actress: “If someone has a contact on Maia, please let me know.”

#MaiaCampbell sends a message to #LLCoolJ. Says she does not need help (swipe for more)

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Last night (July 11), 40-year-old Campbell responded to LL’s CTA in a video message recorded by an associate, seemingly named Darryl. If you can’t view the video above, read the transcript of the clip in full below:

Campbell: Hey Todd, look bro, I love you. I don’t need help, I just need a benefit concert for mental health. Don’t DM me, it’s really me and this is Darryl. This is the shop that I temp at, or whatever. We’re good. I’m good. I’m doing property, I have investments. I’m a real serious person. And my show is called From the Bottom Up [inaudible].

Darryl: How should he get in touch with you?

Campbell: Don’t call me, I’ll call you. [Laughs]

Darryl: No for real, how should he get in touch with you?

Campbell: Who?

Darryl: LL. Todd.

Campbell: I’m really on Instagram, but I don’t want it to go down.

Darryl: How can he get in touch with you?

Campbell: I don’t know, I don’t know. Pray to God… that I don’t start rapping. Oops.

Darryl then continues to become sterner with Campbell, inquiring about how LL could seriously get in touch with her if need be. Campbell, frustrated now, begins to jump up and down and growl in frustration that she would like to be left alone.

Seemingly after viewing the video posted on Baller Alert, LL Cool J tweeted, “You can’t help someone who doesn’t want your help.”

Truer words could not be spoken.

Campbell has had long standing relationship with substance abuse and has gone back and forth between being an addict and being sober for many years now. Fans of the actress might remember seeing her last in 2012 when she received help from celebrity therapist Iyanla Vanzant in a special episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life. “There’s a lot of pain that goes into my story, a lot of issues with my mom,” she told Iyanla Vanzant. “A lot of times when I was out there running the streetsI bumped into the wrong person and they brought me down.”

Photo Credit: Screengrab from Iyanla: Fix My Life

Sheriden Chanel is a twenty-something writer, Beyoncé enthusiast, and lover of all things visual art. Keep up with her and her musings on social via @indiebyline.