News broke of the MTV personality’s arrest on Thursday with a source explaining exclusively to Us, “His [3-year-old daughter, [Ariana], was with him as it was his turn to watch her this week, but she is in safe hands now. The incident did not involve his ex Jen Harley.”
The reality star’s lawyers, Scott E. Leemon and Leonard Levine, told Us in a statement: “We have just learned of the new allegations against Ronnie and need some additional time to further investigate. As such, we will not be making any other statements at this time.”
The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed the Jersey Shore: Family Vacation star’s arrest as well, noting that the booking fell under “intimate partner violence with injury with priors,” which referred to the New York native’s previous arrests. His bail was set at $100,000.
Harley, 33, picked up their daughter, writing on her Instagram Story: “I’ll hold her as long as she needs it.”
The Famously Single alum, 35, who has been dating Saffire Matos since February 2020, was arrested in October 2019 after an alleged domestic dispute with Harley with their toddler present. One month after being charged with seven misdemeanors, including domestic violence, child endangerment, brandishing a weapon, criminal threats, false imprisonment and two counts of resisting arrest, Ortiz-Magro pleaded not guilty to all charges. He was later put on probation for three years.
The Celebrity Fear Factor was ordered to complete 30 days of community labor in Nevada, his home state, pay $20,000 to a women’s shelter and finish a 52-week domestic violence class. Ortiz-Magro started the program three months earlier “of his own free will,” a source told Us at the time.
After moving on with Matos, 30, he exclusively spoke to Us about his “special” new partner.
“She really does make me happy,” Ortiz-Magro gushed in November 2020. “She supports me. She loves me, you know, and that’s something that I’ve always looked for. And I feel like that’s [some]thing that I have not gotten in return and it’s [some]thing that I’ve always given to other people. … I would definitely say I’m in the happiest place I’ve been in a long time. You know, I feel like in the past I’ve always said, ‘I’m happy and I’m in a good place.’ I feel like I finally really have found my happiness.”
If you or someone you know are experiencing domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential support.
With reporting by Marjorie Hernandez
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