According to TMZ, Jersey Shore’s Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, 33, won’t be charged for kidnapping his former girlfriend Jen Harley, yet he may still face a felony domestic violence charge. "We're told the LAPD is strongly pushing for Ronnie to be hit with felony domestic violence instead...based on the evidence and the alleged injuries to Harley," TMZ says.
Meanwhile, the defense attorney’s office said that the altercation didn’t meet the criteria for kidnapping, so the charge has been thrown out. If he’s charged and convicted of felony domestic violence, Ortiz-Magro could be facing four years in prison. Although if the charge is lowered to a misdemeanor, he would face a maximum sentence of one year.
Ortiz-Magro reportedly told Harley that he intended to kill her during a domestic dispute on October 4. "Victim knocked on neighbor's door and set baby on ground," the protective order stated. "Suspect grabbed baby and dragged victim to the ground. Suspect punched victim with closed fist on face, causing visible injury."
Ronnie Ortiz-Magro Will Dodge Kidnapping Charge https://t.co/uB879m596Z— TMZ (@TMZ) October 20, 2019
The reality star insists he did not threaten his ex-girlfriend and was only trying to protect his daughter. He says that Harley was drunk at the time and he was trying to keep his daughter, Ariana, away from her. "Sources close to Ronnie tell us he never threatened Jen's life and was scared for his daughter's safety," the TMZ report read. "We're told Jen allegedly dangled Ariana over a fence, and Ronnie feared his daughter would get injured as Jen had allegedly been drinking heavily at an event earlier in the day."
After the incident, Ortiz-Magro was served an emergency protective order that ordered him to stay at least 100 yards away from Harley and their child. Law enforcement has had access to surveillance footage, which provides more insight into the domestic violence incident. During the altercation, Ortiz-Magro, who was allegedly holding a knife, was tased and then arrested by police. Ortiz-Magro’s attorney, Scott E. Leemon, has denied various media reports about the incident.
Although Ortiz-Magro was temporarily ordered to stay 100 yards away from Harley and Ariana after the altercation, the order was eventually dismissed on October 11 after Harley failed to show up in court and request an extension. The following day, the Jersey Shore star shared video and photos of his trip with his daughter to Disneyland. Meanwhile, Harley was spotted partying in Las Vegas with former Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham on October 17.
Farrah Abraham and Jen Harley - This Is How Vegas Is Done https://t.co/6p51PXE1co— TMZ (@TMZ) October 19, 2019
"The reporting of the alleged incident relating to Ronnie Magro yesterday is based upon pure speculation and innuendo," Leemon told Us Weekly early October. "We are currently conducting our own investigation and will have no further comment until that has been concluded."
Last week on, Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, which was filmed last summer, Ortiz-Magro revealed that the couple had been in therapy to sort through their issues. In a conversation with fellow castmate Vinny Guadagnino, he mentioned that he and Harley had gotten back together. “Getting help with someone in therapy, you learn what to do, and what not to do,” he said at the time. “It’s so much hard work and effort, but it’s starting to work.” He also told Guadagnino that things between the couple had gotten “better” since starting therapy.