Ronnie’s assault charge won’t keep him from going to Italy with Jersey Shore, manager says

The Jersey Shore cast is going to Italy later this spring, but a report says Ronald “Ronnie” Ortiz-Magro might not go with them, if he can’t get a visa because of legal problems. However, his manager says that he will be going to Italy.

Radar reports that because he “has been indicted by a New Jersey grand jury on an assault charge” and “is facing one count of third-degree assault, which is punishable by up to five years in state prison,” he might not get a visa. An Italian embassy representative told Radar, “Persons who are currently in the criminal process can not by issued a Visa. Any person applying for a Visa to Italy must have their case fully adjudicated.”

However, it’s hard to imagine that producers and the network didn’t work this out before announcing the new season, so I’d guess he’ll be going with everyone else. TMZ reported that “two months ago execs began working on getting visas for the cast and crew.”

And after publishing their original report, Radar talked to Ronnie’s manager Matt Cohen, who said, “As of now, he is free to travel wherever he chooses and has a clean criminal record. Until he is actually convicted of a crime, he can go wherever he wants.”

Asked specifically about the embassy’s comments, Cohen said, “We have plans for Ronnie to be part of season four of Jersey Shore and travel to Italy for the show.”

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