Ronnie Ortiz-Magro is stepping down from the Jersey Shore after being arrested for alleged domestic violence. Ronnie claims to be working on himself during this time away from the screen, as he attempts to get healthy.
The star announced his decision on social media, explaining that “after talking to the team at MTV, we have mutually agreed that I will step away from the show while I seek medical treatment for mental health issues that I’ve ignored for too long.” He admitted that his number one “goal now is facing my struggles head-on.”
The Jersey Shore alum’s arrest last month is raising questions about whether reality TV stars need to be role models to a certain extent. Before he was taken into custody on charges of domestic violence he had a previous arrest in 2019 on similar charges.
His attorneys, Scott E. Leemon and Leonard Levine, explained that Ortiz-Magro is “currently seeking medical treatment for psychological issues that he has ignored for a long time.” Though the “process will be difficult,” the Jersey Shore alum said, “My [No. 1] priority is to get healthy and be the best man and the best father I can [be] for my daughter.”
Though the Jersey Shore star is on probation, the Los Angeles city attorney spokesman explained that the office opted not to file charges. Instead, it will charge him with a violation of his probation from his previous domestic violence case.
After his April arrest, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was released on $100,000 bail in Los Angeles. When police took him in “his 3-year-old daughter, [Ariana] was with him” a source revealed. It was Ronnie’s turn to watch her. Ariana’s mom, Jen Harley quickly picked up Ariana after Ronnie was arrested. “Last time I’m ever making this drive,” she wrote in an Instagram Story at the time.
The incident did not involve Jen, though she was the victim in the 2019 incident. It’s not clear who accused Ronnie of the domestic violence, but the booking fell under “intimate partner violence with injury with priors,” as per the Los Angeles Police Department.
Now Jen has even more reason to worry about her child’s safety, especially around Ronnie. “Jen has been concerned about his behavior in front of Ariana and it’s been an issue she’s been worried about,” a source revealed. “She knows he always has this pattern and that he does not change.”
The L.A. City Attorney’s Office has set the probation hearing for June 29. Ronnie’s lawyer, however, has claimed that “criminal charges were not warranted against Ronnie.”