Johanna’s mug shot published

The first episode of The Real World Austin included a cast member having his skull broken in a street brawl, and that seems hard to top. But as the previews showed, and reports out of Austin have told us, there’s more to come.

As a preview, The Smoking Gun provides the mug shot of Johanna Botta, one of the show’s “dumb, booze-loving louts” who was arrested for public intoxication after a “verbal disturbance” with a street vendor. According to TSG, she ultimately “pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor count and was fined $150, sentenced to 16 hours of community service, and ordered to complete an alcohol education class.”

And to think: all this despite the fact that the cast members were forced to buy their own alcohol.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.