Popular star of MTV’s hit series Jersey Shore, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, has pleaded not guilty to the charge of third-degree aggravated assault, which was broadcasted to millions of viewers that watched on MTV back in January of 2010.
The star appeared before a court on Monday over a September 2009, when the altercation was taped, with Stephen Izzo, the victim, in New Jersey’s Seaside Heights. The prosecution claims that Ronnie knocked Izzo out of consciousness during the scuffle. Ronnie was late in arriving at the court on Monday and that did not pass without the judge’s scorn. She told Ronnie that, “You are responsible to be here and be on time…You must respect the court proceeding. It is serious.”
Ronnie’s attorney, Joseph A. Raia, later explained why his client was late for the appointment with the court: because he was outside the court with Ronnie discussing the case. Raia also hinted that he was considering pretrial intervention program on behalf of his client to ensure that he escapes spending up to five years in jail. The case has been adjourned to a later date on the 7th of March.