'Jersey Shore' cast member pleads not guilty

FILE - In this July 13 2010 file photo, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro arrives at the Jersey Shore Soundtrack Release Party in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File) (AP)

February 14, 2011 12:49:59 PM PST
"Jersey Shore" cast member Ronald "Ronnie" Ortiz-Magro has pleaded not guilty to an aggravated assault charge in New Jersey.

The charge stems from a Sept. 4, 2009 fight outside a Seaside Heights nightclub in which Ortiz-Magro knocked another man unconscious.

The fight was shown during an episode of the popular MTV reality show's first season.

Ortiz-Magro was arraigned on the charge Monday in state Superior Court in Toms River. The charge carries a potential prison term of up to five years.

The alleged victim, 26-year-old Stephen Izzo of Berkeley Township, also has filed a lawsuit against Ortiz-Magro, MTV and the show's producers.

Superior Court Judge Stephanie Wauters scheduled a status conference for March 7.


Information from: Asbury Park Press, http://www.app.com

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