Annoyance now alleged, but 'Snooki' lawyer enters not-guilty plea
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. -- Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will face a new charge over her behavior at a beach last month, one that might not surprise viewers of "Jersey Shore": annoying people.
Prosecutors said at a hearing Wednesday that they will add the charge of annoying people on a beach to the two others the MTV reality-show cast member faces after her arrest last month on the beach in Seaside Heights, where the show is based.
The newest charge was presented to an attorney for Polizzi just before he entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf to disorderly conduct and creating a public nuisance. He also entered a not-guilty plea to the annoyance count.
Polizzi did not attend the hearing at the Seaside Heights municipal court, down the street from the shore house where the group of hard-partying young reality stars of "Jersey Shore" are living. Taping for the show's third season is underway.
The arrest came after other beachgoers reported that Polizzi was bothering them, Seaside Heights Police Chief Thomas Boyd said. It happened one day after the premiere of the show's second season, which features the cast in Miami. She was later released on a summons.
"I understand she's become a public celebrity, but in all honesty it's really not much of a charge," municipal prosecutor Kim Pascarella said after the hearing.
Polizzi's trial was scheduled for Sept. 8. If convicted of all three charges, she could face up to $2,000 in fines. But given that she has a clean criminal record, Pascarella said, it would be unlikely that she would face more than $500 in fines for all three offenses.
-- Associated Press