Ex-MTV Star -- Allegedly Choked Out by Husband

4/1/2011 4:30 AM PDT
Sara Stokes from "Making the Band 2" was allegedly choked and beaten by her husband Tony, who was thrown in jail after the dispute ... TMZ has learned.

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Sources close to Sara tell us, it all went down last weekend at a friend's house in Georgia -- Tony Stokes accused Sara of being with another man ... and then allegedly choked and hit her.

According to law enforcement, Tony was arrested for simple battery -- and released the next day on $2,000 bail.

Tony's taking it all in stride ... telling us, "Everybody speculates and blows things out of proportion. It's a crazy kind of life. We're dysfunctional. We need our own TV show. I love my wife."

This isn't the couple's first alleged domestic incident -- back in 2009, Sara was accused of stabbing Tony after an argument went nuclear.