Teen Mom star Amber Portwood finally faced the music yesterday in an Indiana courtroom regarding the domestic violence case against her.
Amber, 21, was arrested back in December for hitting her baby daddy Gary Shirley, 24, in front of their daughter Leah and in front of MTV cameras. And yesterday, Amber pled guilty to two counts of felony domestic battery.
Though she had been facing up to three years in jail and a $10,000 fine, the judge decided to go easy on her. Madison Superior Court Judge David Happe suspended Amber’s two-year sentence, and placed her on two years of probation.
Also as part of her plea deal, the judge ordered Amber to undergo 30 days of inpatient therapy, obtain her high school diploma and put $10,000 in a college fund for her 2-year-old daughter. The prosecutors also dropped the most serious of charges against her — the felony child neglect charge.
And finally, the no contact order that prevented Amber and Gary from being around each other in the presence of Leah was also dropped as a result of the plea deal. So it appears Amber and Gary are once again free to be a disaster happy family. Meanwhile, you will be able to see more of Amber’s drama on the upcoming season of Teen Mom, which premieres July 5 on MTV.
Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evanshas left rehab after spending 30 days at the facility. She was photographed above yesterday in North Caroline reuniting with her 22-month-old son Jace.
The 19-year-old troubled MTV reality star checked into a treatment facility in Malibu back on May 7 while her mother Barbara Evans had custody of Jace.
“The rehab helped her out quite a bit with some of the issues she had going in,” Jenelle’s attorney, Dustin Sullivantold RadarOnline. “She was tested for drugs in rehab, and she has now had a sober 30 days which is wonderful.”
An insider revealed last month that Jenelle’s rehab stint was voluntary, adding that she was clean and was simply doing the “program to help her cope with all the stress in her life: her family situation, her legal issues, her general anxiety.” However a friend of Jenelle’s told OK! magazine that her past drugs of choice included pot and ecstasy.
This rehab stint was also probably to help Jenelle in her upcoming court cases. Her most recent arrest came on March 27 for her role in a videotaped brawl with Britany Truett.
Jenelle’s attorney adds that she is not “required to go to any AA meetings or anything else now that she is out” but she is “required to meet with her probation officer once a month and be drug tested.” MTV sure knows how to pick em.
MTV has announced the third season of Teen Mom will premiere July, 5 at 10/9c!
All four original teen moms – Maci Bookout, Catelynn Lowell, Farrah Abraham, and Amber Portwood – return in what is being described as “their toughest year yet.” The press release adds, “the young parents face their biggest challenges yet. This season, the series goes deeper into the girls’ lives as they confront old wounds, struggle to further their education, face strained relationships and strive to give their children the best life possible.”
In the trailer below, we get to see more fighting between Amber and Gary plus Amber is scared when she discovers she might lose custody of Leah. Tyler and Catelynn wonder about their daughter and talk about moving in together, Maci struggles in school as with ex Ryan, and Farrah, who is having a tough time disciplining daughter Sophia, takes her to her deceased father’s grave.
And to ward off the backlash promote the new season, the MTV network rolled out a series of PSAs last month featuring the teen moms in which they talk about the importance of protection and preventing teen pregnancy. Those PSAs currently air on the MTV network.
In fact, the 19-year-old MTV reality star took to her twitter page to gush about her boyfriend. “I love my perrrrrfeeeect lover @kyleking100,” tweeted Maci this week to her over 170,000 followers.
It also seems marriage might be on the horizon for Maci as the latest issue of OK! magazine reports she wants to marry Kyle.
“Maci would love to get married and thinks planning a wedding would be fun,” an insider close to Maci tells OK!. “She’s gotten a few brides magazines and says they’re addictive.” Maci, mother of 2-year-old son Bentley, is said to be open to having more kids. “She does want more babies when the time is right,” adds the insider.
As for Maci’s ex/baby daddy Ryan Edwards, he appears to be okay with Maci’s new relationship. “I’ve moved on, too, so it doesn’t bother me,” said Ryan. “She can be with whoever she wants.”
In the meantime, Maci is setting her sights on Dancing With The Stars, as in she badly wants to appear on the show. Sources tell UsWeekly she is really “hoping she’ll get asked to be on DWTS” and that “her people are pushing hard for it.”
Well if Bristol Palin can do it…
TELL US – IS MACI MOVING TOO FAST WITH KYLE? SHOULD DANCING WITH THE STARS CAST A ‘TEEN MOM’ STAR?
TMZ is reporting that Gary, 23, was arrested yesterday in Indiana for driving on a suspended license. He was arrested at 1:34 AM for “driving while suspended” — a Class A misdemeanor — and taken to jail. He was held on a $3,000 bond and has since been released.
But get this, Amber was somehow involved in the arrest. See the arresting officer revealed in a police report that he only approached the vehicle after hearing Gary and his baby mama Amber screaming at each other inside a car.
The concerned officer approached the vehicle and says Gary introduced himself and Amber as the couple from “Teen Mom.” Yes he did. The officer then asked for some ID and after running a check on Gary’s license — it came back suspended, so he ordered Gary out of the car.
Oh but it gets worse better. The cop reveals in the police report, “I placed Mr. Shirley in two sets of handcuffs due to his size.” Ouch.
Gary’s lawyer Jeff Lockwood tells TMZ he is not concerned about his client getting a jail sentence since this is “a traffic violation and Gary doesn’t have a previous criminal history.” Gary’s mugshot is below -
It’s more Teen Mom heartbreak for Leah Messer and Corey Simms. Just a month after deciding to divorce, Corey now has a new girlfriend – another young mother – leaving ex Leah devastated.
OK Magazine reports that Corey has moved on with Texan Amber Scaggs, who has her own 11-month-old daughter. The obvious question is how did Corey start a relationship with someone halfway across the country how accurate is this story? Well, it’s straight from the homewrecker’s horse’s mouth. Amber herself is fighting back against accusations that Corey was cheating on Leah with her while the couple was still married.
In an effort to capitalize on her fifteen minutes clear her name, Amber tells the magazine exclusively that she didn’t even know Corey when Leah filed for divorce after six months of marriage. She defends herself by saying, “I’m the last person who would ever break up a family. You can’t break something that is already broken. Leah filed for divorce from Corey. That’s clearly saying, ‘I don’t want to be with you.’ ”
Sources reveal that Corey and Amber have a lot in common because they “have both been through a lot of the same things in their relationships.” These same sources add that Amber found herself alone with baby Bralyn when her boyfriend and the baby’s father Hayden O’ Brien couldn’t handle the reality of being a parent.
And kindly enough, Amber has nothing against Leah. A source tells Hollybaby that “[Amber] doesn’t dislike or think anything negative about Leah. [She] isn’t the kind of person to pass judgement on someone she has never physically met.” Amber is more focused on her budding romance, but recognizes that Corey, who has twin daughters Aliannah and Aleeah with Leah, is dealing with a lot as well. She explains, “He has a lot on his plate, so the future is uncertain. Still, I’ll be a very lucky girl to build something with Corey.” Hopefully she’s telling Corey her feelings as much as she’s telling the media.
Also utilizing the (social) media is scorned Leah. While she initiated the divorce, Leah’s friends say that she was still open to discussing the couple’s future and is hurt that Corey has moved on so quickly. The Teen Mom recently tweeted, “&& your a skanky honewrecker [sic], straight up!(: A new beginning is always a fine place to start, and that’s what I’m gonna have to do(:” Hmmm…who could she be addressing in that little rant? Left photo credit – Starcasm.
TELL US – IS COREY WRONG FOR MOVING ON SO QUICKLY?
A source close to Jenelle confirms the news to Us Weekly. “She is clean right now and has been that way for several weeks,” the insider states. “She’s doing this program to help her cope with all the stress in her life: her family situation, her legal issues, her general anxiety.”
Ok Magazine adds that she began a voluntary 45-day stay at the Malibu drug rehab treatment center on May 7.
Patrick Jay Williams, a friend of Jenelle’s from her hometown tells OK! Jenelle’s past drugs of choice include pot and ecstasy. “She tries to find relief by using pot and Ecstasy. When she takes Ecstasy she gets the feeling that everybody loves her. And in truth, on this island, a lot of people hate her and are jealous of her,” said Patrick.
This doesn’t come as a major surprise as the 19-year-old MTV star has had plenty of run-ins with the law in recent times. In mid-April, she pled guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia with prosecutors promising to drop the charges if she performs 24 hours of community service. She was also sentenced to 12 months of supervised probation.
Jenelle, mother to son Jace, nearly 2, was originally arrested back in October with her boyfriend, KiefferDelp, when the two broke into an abandoned home in Oak Island, North Carolina, in order to smoke marijuana. Kieffer also has a past arrest for possession of cocaine.
And in March, she was arrested again for assault after TMZ posted a video of her attacking another girl. She was released shortly after on bond.
TMZ is reporting that an Indiana judge has awarded primary custody to the lesser of two evils Leah’s father, Gary Shirley. This decision was not based on Amber’s fitness as a parent, but rather on the recent vandalism of her home and car. Child Protective Services believes that Gary can best provide a safer environment for young Leah at this time.
US Weekly reported that Amber’s car was recently spray painted with the words “slut,” “hoe,” and “f***er” and her house was egged. Amber had apparently been spending time with her neighbor Midas Fields. The word is that Jamie Monroe (the girlfriend Midas mooches off lives with who is the mother of his child) was less than thrilled about this, and accused Amber of stealing her baby daddy.
Leah’s mother revealed, “Amber is upset at the vandalism. [She] was forced to call the police, at around 3 a.m., when she came home with her aunt and Midas from a dinner.” Um, dinner? 3 a.m.?
Amber’s mother continues, addressing the relationship between her daughter and Midas, saying he has a “crush” on her daughter. However, she elaborates that Amber is “still seeing Gary, although they’re not officially back together.” Apparently both Amber and Gary are in agreement (thank goodness) with this new arrangement, and Amber will have visitation rights pursuant to a yet to be determined schedule.