We hope MTV reality stars have a contractual clause granting them access to a good lawyer!
On Thursday, authorities in Anderson, Indiana slapped volatile Teen Mom star Amber Portwood with two felony counts and one misdemeanor for domestic violence and battery after the portly young mother attacked her now ex-boyfriend, Gary Shirlye, on national television.
After reviewing evidence obtained by court-order from MTV, Anderson Police determined that Amber and Gary’s young daughter, Leah, was in the room as her mother ferociously attacked her dad as MTV cameras rolled nearby. Under Indiana law, an incident of domestic abuse is considered a felony if a child is present for the abuse.
On Oct. 20, the former couple offered statements to local police admitting to the following incidents:
-On Aug. 14, 2009, Portwood shoved Shirley against a wall, slapped him on the face and choked him. The incident was witnessed by the couple’s one-year-old daughter, who sat in a child seat on a nearby bed.
-On June 14, 2010, Portwood was videotaped slapping Shirley five times, punching him three times, and kicking him at least once.
-July 18, 2010, Portwood was again videotaped slapping Shirley in the face in front of Leah. She also punched him several more times in the face and upper-body.
A warrant for Portwoood’s arrest will be issued by the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office by the end of the day.
According to a press release issued this morning: “the affidavit has been submitted to the prosecutor for formal charges. If convicted, Portwood faces up to three years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.”