Fans of MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’ were shocked when in a September episode Amber Portwood physically assaulted her boyfriend and daughter’s father, Gary Shirley. Amber verbally abused Gary until it escalated into physical violence. Amber pushed, slapped and choked Gary as he tried to leave her apartment. The incident took place in front of the couple’s one year-old. She is now being charged with domestic violence felony charges as a result of her behavior on the show and other past incidents.
The investigation began seven weeks ago after MTV aired the video. According to an article on CNN.com, Amber faces up to three years in jail and fines of up to $10,000 if convicted. What’s more, according to E! Online, the camera crew present at the filming could similarly be charged with a misdemeanor for failing to intervene.
This clip from the Today Show gives you a good understanding of the situation if you’ve missed it (*note* this did air before Amber was officially charged):