By now you probably either love the MTV show Jersey Shore or despise Jersey Shore, the reality television show phenomenon that follows a young group of Italian Americans who don’t seem to have a real purpose. The show is so popular and the second season so eagerly anticipated that the cast was invited to ring the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange.
The most popular cast member of the show is arguably Nicole Polizzi, more commonly known as Snooki. Famous for wearing tight clothing, having New Jersey’s tallest hair, and getting punched in the face at a bar during the show’s first season, is it any wonder that she was arrested for disorderly conduct in Seaside Heights, New Jersey last week?
The cast was having a party on the beach Friday, July 30 while shooting for the third season of the show, according to the New York Daily News. Snooki had allegedly been drinking out of a funnel, as well as bothering people who were not related to the show.
When the cops showed up to handle the situation, it was clear that she needed some time away from the beach to cool off. When the cops did take her away, she apparently shouted expletives as well as asking them, “Do you know who I am?” However, using her reality show fame didn’t work as a get-out-of-jail-free card—after all, even Lindsay Lohan has to make her court dates these days.
Snooki didn’t spend long in jail, though. She was released in a timely manner, and fellow cast member “JWoww” picked up her friend—but only after updating her Twitter and putting on appropriate attire: a “Free Snooki” t-shirt, according to the UK Daily Mail.
Some people think that this may have been a ploy by the actress to keep her place as the most famous cast member. After all, she did go on strike last year to be sure that she would be paid more for a second season. Her ex-boyfriend thinks this may even have been a way to get on other shows such as Celebrity Rehab.
Fans will have to wait for footage of the arrest though. While the show insists that the arrest was not staged, it was filmed for use in the upcoming third season. The current season focuses on the gang’s trip to Miami.
The charge is a misdemeanor and does not require bail, but Snooki was issued with a summons to appear before a judge on August 18.