Jersey Shore alum Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has pleaded not guilty to seven misdemeanors following an alleged domestic violence altercation with his on-off girlfriend, Jen Harley. The reality star appeared at Van Nuys Courthouse West in Los Angeles on Friday, November 8, where his lawyer entered the plea. Ortiz-Magro, 33, was arrested on October 4 on suspicion of felony domestic violence and kidnapping his 18-month-old daughter, Ariana, whom he shares with Harley, 31. The district attorney declined to bring the felony charges.
During the hearing, Ortiz-Magro dressed in a black suit and remained quiet as his attorney, Leonard Levine, spoke on his behalf. Sources told Us Weekly that a Los Angeles City Attorney requested a protective order for Harley and Ariana, which was granted by the judge. The reality star is set to return to court on November 12 for a pretrial.
The Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star was charged with one count of domestic violence, one count of brandishing a deadly weapon, one count of criminal threats, one count of willful child endangerment, one count of false imprisonment and two counts count of resisting arrest.
On October 24, attorney Scott E. Leemon addressed the charges in a statement to Us. “The facts and circumstances around Ronnie’s arrest have been misreported and exaggerated, like we mentioned in the past,” Leemon said. “We are happy the District Attorney’s refused to file any charges and we look forward to addressing this matter with City Attorney; until then, we will make no further comment.”