Could "Teen Mom" star Amber Portwood be losing her hefty paychecks from MTV's popular docuseries?
Law enforcement officials reportedly told TMZ that the judge in Portwood's case is banning her from filming "Teen Mom" or any MTV program while she stays at halfway house Sister 2 Sister Ministries in Anderson, Ind., to get her life in order. But her attorney, Evan Broderick, says that's not correct.
"The court has the right to approve any employment that she enters into," he told TODAY.com, and that includes any work with MTV. Broderick said that although filming may not be allowed when Portwood first arrives at Sister 2 Sister to begin her drug program, the judge may give her the green light should she show progress.
According to the Herald Bulletin, Judge David Happe said the court had contacted MTV to ensure that Portwood's contract with the network wouldn't get in the way of her recovery, and that she wouldn't be sued for breach of contract. Happe also noted that the length of her stay at Sister 2 Sister will depend on how well she does there.
Broderick told TODAY.com that "the program lasts between 12 and 36 months," but Portwood won't necessarily be spending that entire period at the halfway house. If she does well, she may be allowed to move out while still participating in the drug program.
As for her participation on the show, MTV said in a statement to TODAY.com, "We haven’t announced future plans beyond the new season of 'Teen Mom' premiering this spring with Maci, Catelynn, Farrah and Amber. Right now, the most important thing is for Amber to get the best treatment possible."
Portwood's participation in the drug treatment program and stay at the halfway house came about after the reality personality agreed to a plea deal that would have her plead guilty to violating probation and possession of a control substance. In exchange, she avoids five years in prison, provided she completes the terms of the deal. If she slips up, she'll be spending five years in prison.
The young mother's legal troubles began when MTV aired a season two episode of "Teen Mom" in 2010 showing Portwood repeatedly punching and hitting then-fiance Gary Shirley, who is also the father of her toddler, Leah. She pled guilty to two counts of felony domestic violence in June and was given a two-year suspended sentence and two years of probation.
But on Dec. 19, Happe ordered her to be taken into custody for violating the terms of her probation, and she was charged with two new felonies, including possession, which she has now pled guilty to in her plea deal. Portwood is currently still in custody and will remain so until Sister 2 Sister evaluates her on Monday or Tuesday.
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