If Ronnie Magro does ultimately have to go to court over the brawl that happened at the Seaside Heights bar Bamboo earlier this month, he at least has the support of the man who owns the establishment.
Speaking to E! News, John Saady — who owns both Bamboo and another popular hotspot of the “Jersey Shore” cast in the nightclub Karma — says that the videotape he has of the brawl shows that not only did Ronnie not start it, but he at first was in the middle of the fray trying to keep a fight from happening at all:
“There were several individuals lobbing ice at the cast, and my staff asked them to leave … One of [these people] went over and pushed one of the cast members from [‘The Pauly D Project’], who shoved him back. You see Ronnie in the video holding everyone back, pushing everyone away, and it’s clear. Then one of the individuals punched Ronnie in the face.”
Saady does admit that following this action, Ronnie does punch one of the assailants, but he also argues that it was clearly in self-defense since he was not the instigator of the conflict. The police report that has come as a result of this is just evidence yet again of our opportunistic reality TV culture — and the cast has to in many ways be on red alert (and learn how to take a good bit of abuse from people) because even if they are involved in an incident that they did not start, it’s still possible that someone could sue them or file charges against them as a way to get headlines, cash, or their own bizarre sort of justice. If what Saady claims is proven true in court, then Ronnie should be in the clear. Of course, you could also argue that there are many sides to every story, and from a business standpoint Ronnie being in the clear here is the best thing for Saady and Bamboo — which has experienced more business as a result of the show.
Do you think the videotape should clear Ronnie’s name, and do you think this entire criminal complaint is just a way to get at the “Jersey Shore” cast? We’ll have more on the season 6 filming process as it happens.