An emergency protective order has been issued against Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, 33, following his arrest on Friday. The Jersey Shore star was arrested early Friday morning on a kidnapping charge after a suspected altercation between him and his girlfriend Jen Harley.
He has been ordered to stay 100 yards away from Harley. The order will be effective until October 11 but does not prohibit Ortiz from seeing his daughter Ariana Skye. However, law enforcement must be present if he wishes to visit with the 17-month-old child.
The baby is currently in the care of her mother at her home in Las Vegas, according to a source. TMZ had reported that the reality TV star was arrested after chasing Harley with a knife while holding their daughter, yet another source stated there was no knife.
UPDATE: "Jersey Shore" cast member Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was booked on a kidnapping charge following an alleged domestic violence dispute involving his 18-month-old daughter and longtime girlfriend. His bail has been set at $100,000 https://t.co/ng2pdQj2yX— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) October 4, 2019
On Monday, a source close to Ortiz denied the report, telling PEOPLE, “Ron did not have a knife and Jen doesn’t know where the idea of a knife came from.” Meanwhile, his lawyer stated that the reports have been based on rumor and innuendo. He added that Ortiz’s camp is currently conducting their own investigation.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department stated that authorities responded to a battery report at around 2:40 a.m. “The victim and suspect were involved in some kind of physical altercation,” the spokesperson said. “Officers did have to use a taser on the suspect in which a minor use of force occurred. There was no further incident.”
According to reports, after the confrontation, Ortiz locked himself in the home with his daughter and refused to come out when police arrived, which resulted in them breaking down the door and tasering the reality star. Subsequently, according to sources, Ortiz was taken to a hospital for an evaluation. Neither Harley nor the child suffered physical injuries, sources added.
"Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro was arrested for alleged domestic violence. https://t.co/HF5Stud7qh— ABC News (@ABC) October 4, 2019
Ortiz, whose bail was set at $100,000, was released from jail later in the day on Friday. Born in the Bronx, Ortiz is of Italian and Puerto Rican descent. He worked in real estate for his father joining Jersey Shore in August 2009. The show ran for six seasons before ending in 2012. He also appeared in Jersey Shore: Family Vacation and Celebrity Fear Factor last year.
Ortiz had a relationship with his Jersey Shore costar Sammi Giancola from 2009 to 2014. The couple split in August 2014. On December 26, 2017, he announced that he and Harley were expecting a baby girl, who was born in April 2018. The couple ended their relationship at the end of that month. In January 2019, Ortiz entered a month long rehabilitation program for alcohol and depression.