Philly police officers arrested for attacking cop guarding Real World house

The two Philadelphia police officers who allegedly attacked another officer who was guarding The Real World Philadelphia house “were arrested on aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy and other charges,” according to the Philadelphia Daily News. They were also charged with “simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.”

Police say that “the fight broke out when the on-duty officer tried to stop one of the men from banging at the Arch Street side door of the Old City building. After opening the door, he allegedly was attacked by both men,” according to the paper.

The fight happened on May 8, 2004, during taping of the series.

Cops face prosecution in ‘Real’ fisticuffs [Philadelphia Daily News]

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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.