News recently broke that Shahs of Sunset OG Mike Shouhed was arrested and booked on a felony charge. The charge in question was corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, per the Los Angeles sheriff’s department. Mike was held for a few hours, posted his $50K bond and was released. His attorney quickly made a statement, asserting Mike’s innocence. The statement read, “At this time, the only comment I can make with confidence is my client in no way committed any act of domestic violence and the truth will prevail.”
While there was no confirmation that the civdim was fiance Paulina Ben-Cohen, rumors swirled given their rocky past. Paulina also lives with Mike. But Paulina has now spoken out about the incident. As reported by Page Six, Paulina’s lawyer Josh Ritter made a statement on her behalf. Josh said, “We are working with the authorities to seek a just and fair outcome to this sad situation.” He concluded, “The family appreciates your space and respect for their privacy during this time.”
Of course, a rocky relationship doesn’t necessarily mean domestic violence. And neither Paulina nor Mike are willing to elaborate one what happened. But Mike’s longtime friend and Shahs costar Mercedes “MJ” Javid defended him after his arrest. She recently appeared on Jeff Lewis’ SiriusXM radio show and gave her thoughts. MJ speculated that a “third person” was involved. She also believed that third party is the possible victim. She stated, “That’s what I heard. That it wasn’t Paulina.” She added that the two might have been having a “threesome” and that she believes Mike was “totally” set up.
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A source close to the situation alleged that Paulina is the victim. But again, nothing the source or what MJ has said is confirmed. The insider also claimed that the couple “are still together.” Mike is due back in court on July 25th.
The day after his arrest, it was leaked that Shahs of Sunset had been cancelled after 9 seasons. Bravo has yet to confirm it, but sources close to production are asserting that it’s true. While the timing may seem to be related to Mike’s arrest, an insider claimed it had nothing to do with the cancellation. The insider stated, “Mike’s situation has nothing to do with what is currently being reported about the show.” Another source added, “And there was little chance that Mike would return if there was a new season anyway.”
TELL US – DO YOU THINK PAULINA WAS THE VICTIM? WAS MIKE SET UP? DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT SHAHS WAS CANCELLED?
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