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Ronnie from 'Jersey Shore'

Indicted for Punch

12/17/2010 5:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ronnie Ortiz from "Jersey Shore" was indicted by a grand jury today in Ocean County on an assault charge stemming from a fight that went down during season one of the show.

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Ortiz was charged with one count of third-degree assault ... punishable by up to five years in state prison. The alleged incident went down September 4, 2009 in Seaside Heights, NJ.

Sources tell TMZ the reason it took so long to charge him was because both sides were trying to reach a plea agreement, but couldn't. We're told a plea still could happen down the road.

The guy on the receiving end of the alleged punch, Stephen Izzo, has a pending lawsuit against Ronnie, MTV, and the producers of the show.

A rep for Ronnie tells TMZ, "This comes as a complete shock to us, as far as we know, our attorneys have been in contact with the prosecutors office and we are waiting to see the documents."

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1.

hey look at me    

Let him go, but put Snooki and The Situation away for life. Please.............

1223 days ago
2.

Moe Green    

Reality takes it's due. Don't assault people.

1223 days ago
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Bob    

Was he fist pumping and bragging how it took one punch to knock this other d-bag out when he heard the indictment news?? What a tool. It is so good to see Karma catching up with a bully.

1223 days ago
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Quinn    

Ronnie throws punches like a retarded windmill. Funniest thing I ever saw. Seriously dude, take a lesson in boxing before you start swinging your arms like that. You looked like a idiot.

oh that's right, he is an idiot.

1223 days ago
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relve30    

He is a thug.

1223 days ago
6.

jen    

YES.... I hope this kid sues everyone for millions and gets millions..hope he puts these punks back into reality...and stop this stupid show...making all these punks rich for acting obnoxious on a reality show that has nothing to do with reality for young adults.........

1223 days ago
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LC    

the cast of Jersey shore is everything that is wrong with people. it/they disgust me. he deserves it. smack some true reality into his life, if he even knows what reality is anymore. they are a disgrace to all italians and people from jersey shore. when will this stupid show end?

1223 days ago
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Quinn    

No doubt Ronnie and Sammie are the dumbest people on that show.

1223 days ago
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TMZ@Froggy.biz    

They should also indict him for bad taste and shaming Italian Americans. What a moron.

1223 days ago
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aiyayay    

Izzo is a jerk. I know him well. He was a douche when we were in kindergarten together and he's an even bigger douche now!! Hope he doesn't get a penny. He clearly baited Ronnie.

1223 days ago
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missdeedee    

I finally broke down and watched the full 2nd season of Jersey Shore. In my opinion, it's not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. But then again... they get paid BANK for doing nothing. I'd hate too.

1223 days ago
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TMZ@Froggy.biz    

Anyone in his right mind would sue a sucessful show for $$$ just for being spat on. The fact they are shocked proves the entire show is full of idiots.

1223 days ago
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the truth    

these dumb ass jersey shore people are idiots! all they do on the show is fight. someone is GONNA go to JAIL or get sued! i had enough of these people. send pretty boy to jail and lets see if hes a bad ass in jail. these people are so annoying and stop with the orange look. don't look good at all.all of them are nothing to look at. i don't care if someone has a sexy body but you have to have a good personality and they don't.their fame will die soon then they will be like those other 2 idiots Heidi and Spencer and end up with nothing at the end ............good riddance!! your all an embarrassment to REAL Italians in Italy! you are making Americans look dumb! people in italy laugh at us cuz of you fools!!!!!!

1223 days ago
14.

Kevin    

And yet the jerkoff that punched Snooki in the face is out and about still being a teacher. That guy that got punched by Ronnie must really be a giant wussy.

1223 days ago
15.

dd    

ORTIZ? I thought he was Italian.

1223 days ago
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