Portwood Charged With Abuse

MTV Teen Mom star Amber Portwood is being charged with three felonies stemming from violent altercations aired on the show. Where is MTV's sense of responsibility in all of this?

MTV Teen Mom star Amber Portwood charged with felonies

MTV Teen Mom star Amber Portwood was charged with multiple felonies related to her televised meltdown on former fiancé Gary Shirley, Indiana authorities said.

Portwood, 20, was charged with three felonies after MTV aired episodes of Teen Mom that showed her kicking, punching and slapping Shirley within feet of their toddler daughter, Leah. The incidents happened in June, July and August, but Indiana authorities didn't start their investigation until after the incidents were shown on MTV.

"According to police documents, on August 14, 2009, Portwood shoved Shirley against a wall, slapped him on the face and choked him," Anderson, Indiana police spokesman Mitch Carroll said. "The incident was witnessed by the couple's one-year-old child who sat in a child seat on a nearby bed."

Shirley gave statements to authorities last month, CNN reported. The couple's child is living with Shirley because Portwood is unable to properly care of their daughter, Life & Style magazine reported.

Teen Mom: Exploitation

The young stars of MTV's Teen Mom have become tabloid fodder after the popular show debuted. Portwood's issues with anger and depression have been highlighted on the show, as has co-star Farrah Abraham's violent altercation with her mother in early 2010.

These young women were thrust into the spotlight by MTV (and likely, they own desire for fame) during a time when they should have been focusing on parenting rather than television cameras.

MTV should be ashamed of themselves – they claim that their show is helping expose the realities of teen pregnancy, when really all they're doing is exploiting these young girls for ratings. The teen moms are making money for their work -- allegedly upwards of $65,000 per episode -- but their struggles are now dangerously public.

Plus, MTV should not have shown Portwood's abuse against Shirley. There's no way they would have shown the footage if the roles were reversed, but they turned a blind eye to female-on-male violence in front of a child.

Portwood: Faces jail time

CNN reports that Portwood faces up to three years in jail and $10,000 in fines if she is convicted of all the charges. Here's hoping it doesn't come to that. We hope she gets the help she so desperately needs -- and that MTV stops the blatant exploitation of these young girls in the name of "education."



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Comments on "MTV Teen Mom Amber Portwood charged with felonies"

George McCasland November 19, 2010 | 7:14 PM

What is interesting is how long it has taken for Amber Portwood to be charged. If it had been the other way around, he would have been arrested immediately, and any rights to see the child taken away. Many think he should have defended himself, but legally he could not defend himself as that is considered domestic violence under the Domestic Violence Against Women Act. If he had touched her in defense, she could have had him charged. Men should never defend themselves from an abusive woman, and when the police are called, they should always ask for female officer to be present as they will arrest the women on domestic violence far more often than the male officers. http://A-Daughters-Story-Of-Abuse.dads-house Properly, he can now take custody of the child, under the same law, but I would be willing to bet that no one, not even his attorney has told him that. He does not have to wait for her to give him the child, he can take the child.

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