Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Strikes Plea Deal in Jen Harley Domestic Violence Case
Fri., May. 1, 2020 2:43 PM
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UPDATE: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has reached a plea deal in his domestic violence case, E! News confirms.
As part of the agreement, the Jersey Shore star pled no contest to one count of domestic battery and one count of resisting arrest. He’ll avoid any time behind bars, but will be on probation for 36 months.
Additionally, Ortiz-Magro was ordered to complete 30 days of community labor in Nevada, donate $20,000 to a L.A.-based women’s shelter and complete a 52-week domestic violence program at a court-approved agency in Nevada.
Lastly, he and Jen Harley must engage in “peaceful contact” and obey the three-year protective order issued in the case. Get more details on the legal drama below.
UPDATE: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro pleaded not guilty at a Los Angeles court on Friday to seven misdemeanors stemming from a domestic violence case involving Jen Harley, with whom he shares a daughter. As a result of his not guilty plea, the city attorney’s office filed a protective order against him, in which he must keep away from both of them until his next court date, which is next week. Dressed in a suit, Ronnie remained quiet throughout Thursday’s proceedings and spoke only to affirm that he understood the terms of the order.
Shortly after news broke that Ronnie Ortiz-Magro would not face a felony charge over his alleged altercation with Jen Harley, E! News confirmed on October 24 that the Jersey Shore star faces five misdemeanors.
According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, Ronnie was charged with domestic violence, brandishing a weapon, child endangerment, false imprisonment [of Jen], resisting arrest and making criminal threats.
“The facts and circumstances around Ronnie’s arrest have been misreported and exaggerated, like we mentioned in the past. 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,” his attorney told E! News.
Jen’s attorney Michael Cristalli told E! News the she “is the victim in this case” and that “any attempts to portray her as anything other than the victim is just wrong.”
“Everyone acknowledges she was the victim,” the attorney stated. “We don’t contest with what the authorities have done with the charges. We believe her injuries were serious, and could have easily [been] a felony, but the charges he is currently facing shows that the authorities agree that she was the victim of a crime. Her injuries are significant. I don’t think the change in the charges is going to effect the restraining orders she has against him (in LA and Vegas). It bolsters that there were crimes committed, and fortifies the restraining orders that are in place. She’s a resilient woman. Her daughter and her son are very special to her. She is focusing on them right now and is focusing on healing. She is still healing from the physical injuries. She suffered deep contusions and they will take some time to heal.”
The attorney also said Jen “will likely have to be at the upcoming restraining order hearings.”
On October 4, the Jersey Shore star was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence and kidnapping of his and Jen’s 1-year-old daughter, Ariana Sky. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office then deferred Ronnie’s case to the City Attorney.
A spokesperson with the City Attorney’s Office said at the time there were plans to “review” the case and allegations against Ronnie. A misdemeanor domestic violence charge is punishable by a maximum of one year in county jail. According to a previous report from TMZ, the D.A.’s Office also declined charging Ronnie with kidnapping.
Prior to the latest development, authorities placed the reality TV star under an emergency protective order that required him to stay 100-yards away from Jen.
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After posting $100,000 bond, Ronnie’s attorney told E! News in a statement, “The reporting of the alleged incident relating to Ronnie Magro yesterday is based upon pure speculation and innuendo. We are currently conducting our own investigation and will have no further comment until that has been concluded.”
Meanwhile, Jen’s attorney maintained she was a “victim of a crime,” explaining to us, “Her concern is to protect herself and her daughter. She is going to do what is necessary to protect her daughter’s interests and health.”
Just hours before the reported violence broke out, Ronnie and Jen confirmed they had reconciled by attending a Hollywood party together. Needless to say, this on-again, off-again couple has since officially called it quits.
“They both are acknowledging the relationship is over,” a source told E! News. “They are looking at this incident as a no turning back point. Both Ronnie and Jen now clearly see being together is not in the best interest of their daughter.”
E! News has reached out to both Ronnie and Jen’s camps for comment.
—Reporting by Alli Rosembloom
(This story was originally published on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 at 5:31 p.m. PST)