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MTV's 'Teen Mom' Investigated for Unreported Assault

September 30, 2010 09:18:55 GMT

In the first return episode of season 2, Amber Portwood is seen kicking and punching her ex-fiance Gary Shirley who attempts to leave her.


MTV's 'Teen Mom' Investigated for Unreported Assault
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A pre-taped episode of MTV's "Teen Mom" has led to a police investigation when officers were tipped to watch the episode on Tuesday, September 28. Amber Portwood is accused of domestic violence against her ex-fiance and father to her baby, Gary Shirley. She was seen kicking and punching Gary in the episode, all while the camera was rolling.

"We assigned an officer to it this afternoon," Lt. Paul Boulware of the Anderson Police Department said on Wednesday. Calling it a unique case, the lieutenant said, "It's a new way of receiving information. It's like a 911 call through reality TV."

MTV still remains mum about the incident and the network never reported it to police. Boulware noted that those who fail to report a crime can face criminal charges as well, depending "on what kind of crime it is."

In the episode, Amber is frustrated when Gary threatened to leave her and report her to Child Protective Services. Amber then stacked his belongings in the stairwell and another argument ensued. The Herald Bulletin took notice that Amber punched and slapped Gary about seven times. Gary never laid a hand on her but continually asked, "Are you done?". As Gary descended the stairway, Amber kicked him in the back.

In a clip that MTV released below, Amber admitted that she has a problem controlling her anger and would like to seek help. Despite the confession, Amber flipped out to Gary who was also present in the interview, saying she could not confide in him.



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posted by Kev on Oct 21, 2010
You know what? Ever since i saw Amber beating gary like that, I was so mad and disapointed. She doesnt deserve to have that baby. She's sick, selfish,cruel. I hope Gary takes the baby with him. He such a mature person but Amber just needs some seriouse help. I never liked her from the beginning. She is so spoiled. I really hope the police takes her in.
posted by Icanrelate on Oct 20, 2010
I gerw up in a household full of drugs and abuse. I never had a childhood. Amber blames her problems on her past. I have two wonderful childern and a wonderful husband. I never had a mom she is a junkie i spent my life taking care of her. However living that life taught me how not to raise my kids and showed me that i can be more that that. I should really thank my mom for what she did because now i know not to ever raise my voice in any way to my kids. Amber just has issues she is so unhappy with herself she has to make everyone else feel the way she does. I could really give her some great advice. She should deff find a way to contact me.
posted by mo on Oct 18, 2010
I'm tired of her spray on tan. She looks like an oompa loompa. I would hope the cops turn her into CPS. And BTW, somebody do a drug test on this chick. She acts like she's on stimulants--and she did lose alot of weight.
posted by anna on Oct 13, 2010
I can't beleive that Amber meets some guy from jail and allows him to change and dress her daughter Leah. I really beleive that Gary should have custody of Leah.She is lazy,cruel and has a real anger problem. You can't blame that on Gary.As soon as Gary leaves she throws Leah in the crib with the child screaming!!What is her answer, slam her bedroom door. I think Gary should get custody and MTV should help him out!!! She's a real whacko! I will never forget the 1 episode where Leah put on Amber shoes and got such a positive reaction,that for the rest of the day she kept putting on every shoe, trying to get a kiss and a cuttle. Gary has legal grounds for abuse!! I would love to see MTV help him out and realise he is the better parent. I am deeply disturbed,frightened and outraged by the abuse and suffering this child has injured.Does Amber even know factually why this new man in her life after possibly 1 week whom she lets undress and change her daughter why he was in jail? Coming from a sincere and heartfelt viewer.
posted by sister of a pregnant on Oct 11, 2010
much like my little sister's pregnancy keeps me up at night so does this show. i have become almost addicted to this show and look for similiar characteristics in my sister's situation. i feel awful about their situations, i dont think any have an easy road ahead of them. amber's behavior was out of control as is all their lives. she does need help and again they all do.i realize the purpose of this show is prevention but it is very educational and i find myself mother of 2, stepmother of 3 reflecting on the challenges of our everyday. no one is perfect and teen or established adult parent, everyday is unique and offers many lessons.i hope all these girls take the opportunity to learn what their kids are trying to teach them and grow with them
posted by sister of a pregnant on Oct 11, 2010
much like my little sister's pregnancy keeps me up at night so does this show. i have become almost addicted to this show and look for similiar characteristics in my sister's situation. i feel awful about their situations, i dont think any have an easy road ahead of them. amber's behavior was out of control as is all their lives. she does need help and again they all do.i realize the purpose of this show is prevention but it is very educational and i find myself mother of 2, stepmother of 3 reflecting on the challenges of our everyday. no one is perfect and teen or established adult parent, everyday is unique and offers many lessons.i hope all these girls take the opportunity to learn what their kids are trying to teach them and grow with them
posted by sister of a pregnant on Oct 11, 2010
much like my little sister's pregnancy keeps me up at night so does this show. i have become almost addicted to this show and look for similiar characteristics in my sister's situation. i feel awful about their situations, i dont think any have an easy road ahead of them. amber's behavior was out of control as is all their lives. she does need help and again they all do.i realize the purpose of this show is prevention but it is very educational and i find myself mother of 2, stepmother of 3 reflecting on the challenges of our everyday. no one is perfect and teen or established adult parent, everyday is unique and offers many lessons.i hope all these girls take the opportunity to learn what their kids are trying to teach them and grow with them
posted by JTK on Oct 09, 2010
I am in no way justifying Amber's behavior in anyway, but I don't feel Gary is all that much of a good guy either. I mean, from some of the episodes I've seen. There was an occasion where Amber's car wasn't working and she asked Gary to let her borrow his car and he refused not only to get a new car for her (which I understand since I don't know how they could have afforded it) but the worst part is he didn't care to fix her car for her either. And I've also seen where no matter how much she asked him to help her with the baby, his only excuse was that he supported the family therefore he was helping. At the time Amber was struggling with raising the baby and going to school! Like I said, I'm not justifying her behavior but come on, before we start completely making her the enemy lets also just start with the frustration Gary supplied to her. If we're to think she had anger problems before then she definitely had them while she was with Gary! I think they need to stay away from each other and both need to have serious counseling just to get over the real issues of the relationship. We have to remember how old Amber is too and we can't just overlook at her history: like her relationship with her parents and other relationships with peers. She's not an evil person, she just needs help to grow up. And Gary does too. The baby definitely needs a more stable environment and I don't think that either parent is good for her.
posted by IDK on Oct 09, 2010
I don't want to justify Amber's actions. I just don't think that Gary's that innocent either. I remember one episode where she told him her car wasn't working. That guy wouldn't do anything to work out either to fix her car or get a new one. They might not have been able to get a new car but I mean come on, he could have let her borrow his car while he got her car fixed. He never seemed to help her at all with the baby when she requested help. He might not have hit her but he certainly wasn't an active member of that relationship. At least from some of the episodes I have seen.
posted by Wow on Oct 09, 2010
Um...she jerked the baby out of his hands and jerked it around then almost slammed it down. I didn't see her father, or any of the tv crew, go grab that baby to get it out of harm's way. Nobody. What about the baby?
posted by Mom of 6 on Oct 07, 2010
Every episode I see, I do not see her interacting with her child in a nurturing way. The abuse that takes place in front of the baby is shocking. I think the best thing for the little one would be to live with her daddy, Gary, until Amber can get some serious help and take responsibility for her behaviour. Yes, she admits what she is doing is wrong, however I do not see any remorse or a true apology in an effort to change her ways. I worry about her daughter. If all this is happening in front of the camera, I shutter to think about what is happening behind the camera!
posted by GaryGoodMan on Oct 07, 2010
Why do people say she's sick and needs help. She's not sick, she's SELFISH. She wants things her way and when she can't she beats people up. She's a VIOLENT BULLY. And Gary is always saying it's his fault, and apologizing. Why do we excuse women like this? Men we call pigs, women we call "sick"...
posted by anotherteenmom on Oct 07, 2010
I agree that shielding ppl from this is not going change anything. It is going to happen on or off camera. I think stuff like this raises awareness of reality and what is going on around us. It is sad to watch but its the truth.I am 20 and I have a 5 yr old. It is alot of responsibilty but its the best feeling in the world. I have been single since I got pregnant some guys just cant handle it. I give kudos to the other moms though they are not perfect but they are trying.
posted by mtvfan?? on Oct 06, 2010
I agree with Teen Mom 100% but I would like to give my respect to Caitly and Tyler too. When I first watched the show where Carly was born I cried and wondered how anyone could give up their baby. I then continued to watch the show and saw what kind of household Caitlyn lives in and realized she is the smartest person in the whole house. Her mother is a train wreck who treats her like garbage, smokes and curses in front of her own son, is married to a man on drugs whos always in jail. I cant imagine another small child being brought into that environment. I support their decision 100% and the fact that they wanted a better life for Carly then they could provide and still remain in contact to follow her through her life. There is alot Caitlyns mother could learn from her daughter about putting her child first.
posted by teen mom on Oct 05, 2010
ok first of all fighting in front of your child is called child abuse!!! secondly teen mom is nothing like what its really like to be a teen mom im a mother of a 2 year old son and im 19 and its no where near As easy to do half the stuff the girls do on the show these girls are good and bad mothers in many different ways the abuse that gary receives from amber is completely insane and she should of got in trouble for it maci is more concerned about kyle than Bentley and she moves way to fast and that's why in tonights episode they break up and also i've had a chance to talk to maci and she's a very rude girl and she takes this show as something that will take her somewhere in the tv world and that's not what its about this show actually influences girls to get pregnant rather than not bc they make it seem glamorous and its not!!! the only good mother there is on the show is farrah!!! this show is not what it was suppose to be mtv and i think its time for new girls with different morals and outlooks on life! and parenthood!
posted by snglmom on Oct 05, 2010
This situation is sad, amber doesn't realize the root problem of her anger. I hope she seeks the help she needs for the sake of baby leah. That poor little girl is seeking the attention she needs from her mom and is only being taught how to lash out in anger for everything. In most cases, a childs behavior is a mirror image of the parent. Amber doesnt need leah growing up with the same behavior. I'm glad someone is investigating this domestic abuse against gary, and am disappointed, that for whatever reason, mtv never stepped in and reported it. Maybe after viewing the episode, amber will be embarrased with her behavior.
posted by Chitown on Oct 01, 2010
I personally feel that the Amber and gary story should be pulled from the show. It was very disturbing to watch the abusive event take place. Amber needs help and if you listen carefully, gary asks her if she has taken her medication. This help needs to take place off camera. Watching someone get hit and scream in front of their child is not entertainment.
posted by tasha on Oct 01, 2010
This should b investigated, I am a single mother so I kno what these girls are going thru. Am a little older but to see baby leah go thru this. Amber needs help, I wish I could talk to her. Am so proud of Farrah, Catelynn, and Maci for over coming. But Amber sometimes I think maybe she 's hook on drugs, or could b post p. Depression but she needs help and if it takes the police or anyone else to get involve so be it, but we need to look out for this beautiful baby.
posted by Tell the truth on Oct 01, 2010
I disagree with reasonable thinker above. Are you watching the same show? This show is glorifying irresponsible behavior, unprotected sex, ignoring the children for their own selfish wants (Maci and Farrah--who are on the covers of magazines bemoaning their circumstances and being praised for the lousy attempts at being mothers I have watched on the show). Does your "mother" doing everything for your child make "you" a good mommy? Keep your legs closed, girls. That is how you avoid having children you clearly do not want or have the maturity to raise. Also it is not the responsibility (there's that word responsibility again) of the grandparents to raise these irresponsible young women's children.
posted by cathy from calif on Oct 01, 2010
l just want to know where r the grandparents...after seeing that episode plus whats goes on when the cameras are not on...they need to step up and go along with Gary if you go back to the first taping..you can see he has taken care of Leah when she wouldnt even lift a finger...amber is spoiled and very lazy and a horrible mother...and i would take leah if she were my granddaughter and get a r/o against amber she admitted before the fight im only with gary for leah...not love just like his friend told him...gary wake up...
posted by wtf on Sep 30, 2010
If Gary had assaulted Amber instead, there's no way it would have been ignored. This is ridiculous, MTV..
posted by mtvfan?? on Sep 30, 2010
In my opinion the way Leah is treated is already abusive. I watch all the other mothers on this show and quite honestly..99% of the time Leah is crying..whether it be cause she is hungry, needs to be changed, tired, or just plan needs her parents attention. Amber is always raising her voice at Leah and complaining that she wont "leave her alone". Shes a baby and you're her mother..she not gonna "leave you alone". This was honestly the happiest news I've heard this week because I was absolutely disgusted after I watched the show on Tuesday. I feel sorry for these innocent children.
posted by Reasonable Thinker on Sep 30, 2010
To Mom of 2: I agree with your comments up until the part where you call it "disgusting" that MTV has aired footage of Gary and Amber fighting. The show Teen Mom is a documentary-style show. If real life isn't your thing, don't watch. I might agree with you if I felt that they were glorifying Amber's abuse but that is not the case. All too often people wish to censor the unpleasant aspects of common occurrences. If we keep turning a blind eye to this sort of behavior, it never is addressed.
posted by mtvfan?? on Sep 30, 2010
Its a shame it took this long for something to be done about this. Who knows what else this poor baby has had to see and deal with? I will truly be disappointed if they pay this mother another dollar to promote domestic violence. What is gonna happen when she loses control with the baby? MTV may feel a litte bit responsible for not doing anything about this issue earlier.
posted by GeorgieD on Sep 30, 2010
She pummeled Gary Shirley numerous times in front of his daughter -- and MTV aired this on television as what...entertainment for their viewing audience??? And what about their daughter? The evidence of her mother behaving like a psycho nutcase in front of a rolling TV camera is well.... I agree. Poor child. Hopefully, MTV's Dr. Drew Pinsky or somebody will step in here -- so that Amber can get the help she needs with her anger issues. But for right now, she's definitely earned herself a free ride in a police car to jail for assault.
posted by mom of 2 on Sep 30, 2010
I think that laying charges against Amber is the smartest thing anyone can do, and surprised it's only just now happening. Not to say she can't recieve help, but for the time being Gary seriously needs to think about removing the baby from the home, and if he can't then CPS needs to. I get that it is important to show that these types of dynamics do exsist, but I think it's disgusting that MTV has continued to show this family and watched as they have esculated to this point. All the best to Gary and Leah, and hopefully the law will do what it's supposed to, and remove Amber from her "family", at least until she can control herself!!
posted by Shouldvehappenedalon on Sep 30, 2010
Finally! She's creating a horrible environment for her child. Many children grow up to either be the abuser or the abusee when they are abused. That poor little girl.
posted by brian from long isla on Sep 30, 2010
Thank you Lt. Paul Boulware of the Anderson Police Department for finally doing something about this. I am glad that someone doesn't think Domestic Violence is a joke. I am saddened that News12, MTV, Viacome, ABC, CBS, NBC may think it is since they didn't even answer me to look into this.

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