'Jersey Shore' Star Pleads Not Guilty To Domestic Violence, False Imprisonment

"Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro had to be hit with a Taser after his alleged fight with girlfriend Jen Harley.

By Erik Hawkins
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Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, of MTV's "Jersey Shore," pleaded not guilty on Friday, November 8 to a number of charges stemming from an alleged domestic incident with his sometimes-girlfriend Jen Harley.

Ortiz-Magro, 33, appeared in court and maintained his innocence of false imprisonment, as well as six other charges, PEOPLE reported.

The former reality TV star was arrested last month when Los Angeles Police Department officers responded to an early morning call reporting a woman outside an L.A. area home claiming someone had taken her daughter, according to Fox 11. Ortiz-Magro allegedly refused to come out of the home, and police had to force their way in, then subdue Ortiz-Magro with tasers.

Ortiz-Magro was also alleged to have brandished a knife at Harley — the mother of his infant daughter — during an argument that night while holding the then-18-month-old 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 E! Online.

In addition to false imprisonment, he also was hit with charges of misdemeanor domestic violence, brandishing a weapon, child endangerment, resisting arrest and threatening to commit a crime, according to PEOPLE.

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At Friday's courtroom appearance, Ortiz-Magro wore a black suit and didn't speak while his attorney, Leonard Levine, entered his plea for him, US Weekly reported

One man in the courthouse for a separate case tried to grab a video of the former reality TV star.

"Sorry, I'm a big fan of this guy," the man allegedly told the judge, according to US Weekly.

Ortiz-Magro could face up to a year in jail on each charge if found guilty, PEOPLE reported.

Levine did not comment on the case at Friday's proceedings — instead sneaking Ortiz-Magro out the back of the courthouse, according to US Weekly.

He is expected back in court on Nov. 12 for a pretrial conference.

Ortiz-Magro and Harley's relationship has been plagued with conflict, with their fights often made public on 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, according to E! News.

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