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‘Jersey Shore’ Star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Facing False Imprisonment Charge After Explosive Fight With Girlfriend
Ortiz-Magro is facing multiple charges, including false imprisonment and domestic violence, following a heated altercation with Jen Harley, the mother of his child, earlier this month.
“Jersey Shore” star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is reportedly facing multiple charges, including false imprisonment, following an altercation with his on again/off again girlfriend Jen Harley that culminated in his arrest earlier this month.
Ortiz-Magro, 33, has been accused of willingly and unlawfully depriving Harley of her personal liberty, leading to a false imprisonment charge, as well as two charges of resisting arrest, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Los Angeles City Attorney and obtained by PEOPLE. The latter charges refer to the two officers who tried to take Ortiz-Magro into custody, the outlet reports.
The reality TV star was already facing five charges; on Wednesday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office transferred the case to the City Attorney, who then charged Ortiz-Magro with misdemeanor domestic violence, one count of brandishing a weapon, child endangerment, resisting arrest, and threatening to commit a crime, according to the outlet.
Multiple outlets, including PEOPLE, also confirmed last week that Ortiz-Magro would not be facing any felony charges in relation to his arrest earlier this month.
The “Jersey Shore” castmate was taken into custody in the early morning hours of Oct. 4 after a fight with Harley, the mother of his infant daughter. The Los Angeles Police Department responded to a residence in the Los Angeles area after receiving calls reporting a woman running outside and claiming that someone had taken her daughter, according to Fox 11. Ortiz-Magro is alleged to have refused to cooperate with police, prompting them to force their way into the home because they feared for the safety of the child inside, the station reports.
Ortiz-Magro was also alleged to have brandished a knife at Harley during the argument, while holding their 18-month-old daughter in his other hand, according to TMZ.
He was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and felony domestic violence and was released after posting $100,000 bond later that day, according to Entertainment Tonight. Following his arrest, his attorney claimed that reports regarding the alleged fight were largely speculation.
“The reporting of the alleged incident relating to Ronnie Magro yesterday is based upon pure speculation and innuendo. We are currently conducting our own investigation and will have no further comment until that has been concluded,” reads a statement obtained by the outlet.
Ortiz-Magro could be sentenced to up to a year in jail for each charge against him, The Blast reported earlier this week.
Ortiz-Magro’s attorney, Scott E. Leemon, has not yet responded to PEOPLE’s request for comment on the latest charges against his client, but speaking previously regarding the first five charges, he remarked, “The facts and circumstances around Ronnie’s arrest have been misreported and exaggerated, like we mentioned in the past.”
“We are happy the District Attorney’s refused to file any charges and we look forward to addressing this matter with the City Attorney; until then, we will make no further comment,” his statement continued.
Speaking to E! News about the first five charges Ortiz-Magro was first hit with, Harley’s attorney, Michael Cristalli, said that his client is focusing on her children and healing.
“Everyone acknowledges she was the victim,” his statement reads, in part. “We don't contest with what the authorities have done with the charges. We believe her injuries were serious, and could have easily [been] a felony, but the charges he is currently facing shows that the authorities agree that she was the victim of a crime.”
Ortiz-Magro and Harley have long had a tumultuous relationship, with their fights frequently playing out over social media. Harley was also arrested last year for allegedly dragging Ortiz-Magro with her car during an argument. That case was later dropped due to insufficient evidence, E! News reports.