Arrests, Rehab and More! Biggest ‘Jersey Shore’ Scandals Ever

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Since the show began in 2009, the cast of Jersey Shore has been making headlines. When the original cast – Jenni “JWoww” FarleyRonnie Ortiz-Magro,Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Angelina Pivarnick, Sam “Sammi Sweetheart” Giancola, Mike “The Situation” SorrentinoPaul “DJ Pauly D” DelVecchio and Vinny Guadagnino – entered the MTV reality show, they never held back or pretended to be anyone else. However, that ultimately did lead to some shakeups.

Us Weekly is breaking down some of the craziest scandals the cast has encountered through the years.

Snooki Gets Punched

Two episodes into the first season in 2009, MTV showed a sneak peek for an upcoming episode, in which Nicole, 21 at the time, gets punched in the face by a man at a bar. The man, later identified as teacher Brad Ferro, was fired from his job following the clip being aired. However, MTV decided to cut that part of the episode when it aired as it was too violent. Instead, they focused on the aftermath, which ultimately brought the group inside the house even closer.

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Where’s the Beach?

In July 2010, Snooki was arrested in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, where the show filmed, and was charged with disorderly conduct. The charges were later dropped but she had to pay a $500 fine and complete two days of community service. The arrest was filmed and aired in an episode in January 2011.

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A Serious Situation

After years of admitted substance abuse, Mike, 29 at the time, checked himself into rehab in March 2012. However, he only remained in the Utah treatment center for a few weeks. In 2015, he relapsed and entered rehab for a second time. However, in May 2018, he shared on Instagram that he had been sober for two years. “I’m in a club listening to music, and I just had to learn how to have fun dance without substance and or drinking,” he told Us.

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A Secret Child

In 2013, a 33-year-old Pauly D revealed that he was a parent to daughter Amabella. The mother is Amanda Markert, a woman he had a one-night stand with in Las Vegas. While the news was a shock to the DJ, through the years, he and Amabella’s mother have worked out a coparenting schedule. For the most part, the parents have agreed to keep her out of the spotlight.

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Prison Sentence

Mike and his brother Marc were indicted for tax fraud in September 2014; the reality star pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion. After many postponements, Mike was sentenced to eight months in prison and two years of supervised probation in October 2018. After serving eight months, he was released in September 2019.

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Ronnie’s Spiral

While Ronnie’s toxic relationship with Sammi created a ton of drama in the Jersey Shore house, it was nothing compared to his relationship with girlfriend Jen Harley, whom he began dating in early 2017. Shortly after they began dating, Us broke the news they were pregnant in December 2017. When he began filming Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, their relationship became very messy. They welcomed their child in April but days later, got into a public fight on Instagram, claiming each other cheated and she accused Ronnie of drug abuse. Soon after, they split … then quickly reunited, which repeated multiple times.

One fight, which took place in June 2018, aired on the revival series, showing Jen spitting in his face and the cops being called. Two weeks later, Jen was arrested for domestic battery after allegedly dragging Ronnie with her car.

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A Messy Split

Seemingly out of nowhere, Jenni filed for divorce from husband Roger Mathews in September 2018, citing “irreconcilable differences.” The pair, who share children, Meilani Alexandra, 4, and Greyson Valor, 2, appeared civil and he publicly stated on social media that he wanted to work things out. However, they made headlines again in December 2018 when he posted multiple Instagram videos that claimed Jenni had called the police and had him escorted out of the house. In a statement to Us, Jenni revealed she did file a restraining order against her estranged husband and a source told Us at the time she only “wants what’s best” for her children.

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Kids First

In August 2019, Polizzi stormed out of the Jersey Shore house and nearly quit the show. While it was somewhat due to drama with Pivarnick, she mostly just went home to see her children. “I can’t really tell you what happened, but I’ll let you know that filming the rest of this season, I already had anxiety because I just had a frickin’ baby,” she explained in a YouTube video. “So, leaving my 2-month-old … all day to hang out with the roomies and go out, it’s … not something I do every day. I had anxiety leaving the baby.”

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Leaving the Show

In December 2019, Polizzi revealed that she was leaving the show to spend more time with her family. “When I leave my kids and I film the show, like, I want to have a good time,” she said on the “It’s Happening With Snooki & Joey” podcast. “And I’m putting myself out there, and I just wanna come off as a good person. And lately, on the show, it’s just been very drama. Our show, Jersey Shore, is about family and about making fun of each other and having a good time and laughing and just knowing that it’s all in good fun. And lately, it’s just like, everything is so serious. … I just don’t like the turnout of it, and I don’t like the person I’m portrayed as.”

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Ronnie’s Legal Drama

The reality star was arrested in October 2019 after an alleged altercation with his ex-girlfriend Jenn Harley. He was charged with seven misdemeanors at the time, including domestic violence, child endangerment, brandishing a weapon, criminal threats, false imprisonment and two counts of resisting arrest. Us confirmed in May 2020 that he accepted a plea deal after pleading no contest to one count of domestic battery and one count of resisting arrest. He was placed on probation for 36 months, was ordered to serve 30 days of comminute labor and required to pay a $20,000 to the Jewish Family Services of L.A., a women’s shelter. Additionally, he was required to complete a 52-week domestic violence program.

In April 2021, Ortiz-Magro was arrested in Los Angeles for domestic violence. A source told Us exclusively at the time that his daughter, Ariana, was with him “as it was his turn to watch her this week, but she is in safe hands now.” The incident did not involve Harley, Ariana’s mother, the insider added.