'Jersey Shore' brawls: Illegal?
Drunken fisticuffs were commonplace on the MTV show — but a new lawsuit alleges that airing them was against the law

Producers of the hit reality series "Jersey Shore" are illegally profiting off fights provoked by cast member Ronnie Magro, according to a recently filed lawsuit. Lawyers representing three men who brawled on-camera with the muscular Magro — including a Monmouth Beach, NJ police officer who claims to have lost his job over the incident — allege that the producers' conduct amounts to "racketeering," and are seeking unspecified financial damages. But some observers say the suit seems like a long shot. "I worked in reality television for quite a while," says Shawn Norris in Guyism, and the "airtight" contracts "people sign in order to be on television" all but guarantee "this suit will get tossed out of court." All I know, says Brian Mylan in Gawker, is that the legal proceedings "better not impede the second season of the most important sociological experiment of our time." Watch a clip of one of the fights:



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