"Teen Mom" "start" Amber Portwood was arrested on charges of battery for attacking her ex-boyfriend on screen. Apparently when you give teenage pregnant girls reality shows and lots of money and attention, they act out. Who knew?
Amber Portwood is now facing three counts of battery in addition to one count of neglect in Indiana, The Herald Bulletin reports. Portwood surrendered to Indiana police on domestic abuse charges, TMZ.com reports.
The Teen Mom got into fight with her ex-fiancé, Gary Shirley which led to a police investigation. In the episode Portwood was shown punching and slapping Gary Shirley. Concerned viewers called the police after watching the show. "It's like a 911 call through reality TV," a spokesman for the police said at the time, The New York Times reports.
The elements of a battery are fairly basic. A battery occurs when one intentionally either causes a harmful or offensive contact or causes imminent apprehension of such a contact and a harmful or offensive contact actually occurs. In Amber Portwood's case, the fact that the incident was recorded on video makes for a pretty compelling case for the prosecution.
MTV said in a statement, "We are cooperating with all parties and hope for a quick and fair resolution that allows everyone involved to move forward in a positive manner."