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.
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.
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 -
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.
Amber’s reason for being court? It all stems from hitting her baby daddy Gary Shirley. If you recall, Amber was charged with two felony counts of domestic battery, one felony count of neglect of a dependent and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery for striking Gary in front of their two-year-old daughter, Leah.
According to E! News, Amber, 21, reportedly broke down in tears when a judge set a hearing date of November 16 to determine her fate. “She was really upset,” says a source says, adding that Gary, 24, was present for the hearing (the two are reportedly back together). “She was crying,” the source adds. Another witness adds that Amber “stormed out” of the courtroom after the announcement. “You could tell she wasn’t happy.” Amber had reportedly hoped the charges against her would be dropped.
In other news, not even twenty-four hours after the latest episode of 16 and Pregnant aired, TMZ is reporting that new mom Jamie McKay is petitioning the court for sole custody of her daughter, Miah. She claims that her ex-boyfriend and her baby’s father, Ryan McElrath “has a history of cocaine abuse” and is “not responsible and not in a position to provide a stable environment” for baby Miah.
On Tuesday night’s show, we watched a blurry-eyed Ryan almost miss his daughter’s birth after being up for several nights. Jamie, while in her fifth hour of labor chastised him for smelling of booze and later learned that he’d been out partying with another girl when her contractions started. The couple’s strained relationship imploded, with Jamie blaming Ryan’s “bad habits” and Ryan claiming that Jamie wouldn’t permit him to take Miah to his parents’ home to visit. Say what you will…yes, I would be an idiot to think Jamie didn’t know about Ryan’s addictions before and during their relationship, and yes, it is probably rare for someone to date someone like that and not share some of the same tendencies, but it is possible.
Jamie is now petitioning the judge to order Ryan to “submit to appropriate drug and alcohol assessments and testing and to comply with all treatment recommendations.” She also wants Ryan to successfully complete a parenting class. In an interview with TMZ, Ryan stated, “She’s doing this just to cause problems … it will all clear out in court.”
I guess we will all be waiting with baited breath (or not) as we’re sure to hear much more about this dispute in the upcoming weeks. Having just filed the papers, Jamie has a date to meet Ryan in court on June 13th. I just sincerely hope the young pair can remain civil and consider what is in the best interest of that seven-month-old baby. What do you think? Should Ryan not have to jump through these hoops to see his daughter, or is Jamie justified in her requests?
TELL US – SHOULD AMBER GO TO JAIL FOR HITTING GARY? SHOULD JAMIE GET SOLE CUSTODY OF HER DAUGHTER?
Teen Mom 2ended last night with a finale episode that was filled with mixed emotions.
On one hand, we saw Leah Messer beginning a new life by tying the knot withCorey Simms (more wedding photos below of the two), the father of her twin girls. A sharp contrast to Leah’s story was Jenelle Evans, who got arrested for breaking and entering, plus marijuana possession.
Following Jenelle’s arrest, her boyfriend Kieffer Delpwas also arrested for doing cocaine. Upon making bail, Jenelle appeared to have learned her lesson, as she made up with her mom, agreed to pay back the credit card debt, and even promised not to see Kieffer anymore. That was however short lived as she went ahead and bailed out Kieffer behind her mother’s back. As we all know, the two are still seeing each other and in fact, both were arrested just days ago.
Meanwhile, Chelsea and her baby daddy Adam had a big blowup after Chelsea’s dad had his car towed away from their driveway. Chelsea vowed again that she was done with Adam, who seemed more concerned with his car and belongings than his own daughter Aubree on her first birthday.
Though Jo and Kailyn appeared to be making some progress when it came to the joint custody of their son, things went awry during their attempt at mediation. Hopefully the two parents, who both seem to care about the well being of baby Isaac, will be able to work things out for his sake. However, there were recent reports that Kailyn was trying to strip Jo of his custody rights following his arrest last month for being under the influence of marijuana
Airing next week will be a reunion show with the cast.
In other Teen Mom news, it seems Amber Portwood and baby daddy Gary Shirley are still going strong for the time being. RadarOnline is reporting the two dum dums lovebirds are making plans to move to LA together.
“They want to start a new life together and moving to LA would be the best way to start over,” a source said. “And of course it would also really help with their future projects like book deals, a clothing line and more television.”
There’s however one slight problem. While the courts lifted the no contact order prohibiting Amber from contacting Gary, the two are still not allowed to spend time together in the presence of their daughter, Leah. “The plan is to get the No Contact lifted between all of them, move to LA as a family, and live happily ever after,” adds the source.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE TEEN MOM 2 FINALE PLUS ON AMBER & GARY MOVING TO LA?
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According to a new report by the HollywoodLife, MTV’s Teen Mom 2 stars are earning way less than their counterpart Amber Portwood.
Months ago, following her arrest, Amber was forced to reveal her income to the courts during which she stated MTV paid her a whopping $140,000 for a six-month contract.
And now the HollywoodLife was able to confirm that Teen Mom 2 stars Jenelle Evans and Kailyn Lowry make dramatically less than Amber, as in only $9,000 for the season.
“Things with Jenelle aren’t good. She has no money and can’t find a job,” a source very close to Jenelle reveals. “She is making around $9,000 for her first 12 episodes of Teen Mom 2, season 1.” A source close to Kailyn also shares the same sentiment: “Kailyn is also making around the same $9,000 mark!”
While the Teen Mom 2 salaries are very low for their first season, an increase will likely come during a second season. Especially when the very high show ratings are taken into consideration by the MTV network. The show averages over 3.5 million viewers a week.
As for how the ‘Teen Moms’ are getting by, they are able to supplement their MTV income by selling their stories and pictures to the tabloids, plus working other jobs and writing books. Kailyn is said to be considering releasing a manual for other teen moms.
Plus another report states Leah Messer, 18, only works one six-hour shift a week at a dental office in her hometown of Elkview, West Va. As for the Life & Style cover claiming Leah has a baby boy on the way, it is mostly false as Leah is not pregnant. She did however reveal in a recent interview that she and hubby Corey Simms, 20, would like to have a baby boy years down the line.
Meanwhile, with criminal charges and upcoming court appearances in tow, Jenelle displayed no worries this week when showed off her bikini body during a beach stroll in North Carolina. Those photos are below courtesy of the DailyMail.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON JENELLE’S BIKINI PHOTOS & TEEN MOM 2 STARS MAKING WAY LESS THAN AMBER? DO THEY DESERVE TO EARN MORE?
In a brief interview with E! Online, Amber, who is still facing charges for domestic violence and recently had some nude photos leak online, reveals she “despises” Jenelle’s bad behavior. And no, you are not being punked.
“I pretty much despise what she stands for. She’s an idiot and I don’t care if people know or not,” Amber Potwoodstated. “I literally have worked my ass off because of this whole battery thing to make sure I keep my daughter. They [MTV] shouldn’t put her on, it’s embarrassing!”
Amber’s diss might have to do with a tweet Jenelle made back in January during which she indirectly referred to Amber as being too orange. Jenelle tweeted back then, “Its funny how the other original teen moms have to get jealous over us. Get over it. grow up. yr as fake as that orange suntan and yr boobs.”
In the meantime, Jenelle will appear in court April 14, on charges of breaking and entering plus pot possession. No word yet on when Amber’s due in court for her domestic violence charges.
In other Teen Mom news, the Hollybaby blog is reporting that Teen Mom 2 stars Kailyn Lowry and Jo Rivera reached a custody agreement several months ago for their son Isaac.
According to the agreement, Jo is required to fork over $600 a month in child support to Kailyn. Some are surprised by the amount, perhaps because Jo is only 19-years-old. The custody agreement also states Kailyn gets primary physical custody of Isaac, and Jo gets visitation every weekend, “from Friday morning until Sunday at 8:00 PM.” The two will alternate on all major holidays.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON AMBER VS JENELLE? PLUS IS $600 A MONTH TOO MUCH FOR JO TO PAY?