ATLANTIC CITY - Angelina Pivarnick came here on Wednesday, but neither MTV nor her former "Jersey Shore" reality TV castmates could be found.
Pivarnick, 24, of Staten Island, N.Y., was in Atlantic City Municipal Court to answer a criminal complaint of simple assault against her, but Atlantic City Municipal Judge Bruce Weekes didn't get a chance to hear her the case.
Pivarnick's accuser, Melissa Mayne, of Lynnwood, Pa., also showed up in court to tell Weekes she just discovered a criminal assault complaint has been filed against her on behalf of Pivarnick.
Lawyers for Pivarnick and Mayne agreed they would return to court at a future date to resolve both criminal matters on the same day.
The alleged incident took place Dec. 4 in the Casbah Night Club at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort where a celebrity wrestling Battle of the Reality Stars was scheduled. Pivarnick was scheduled to wrestle Kerry Schwartz, a TV personality from a VH1 show. Pivarnick, who often clashed with her castmates, was on the first two seasons of "Jersey Shore." She left the show prior to the end of both season one and two. She isn't in the cast for the third season, which is currently airing.
Mayne also has a civil complaint against Pivarnick. Mayne alleges as she was leaving the Casbah, a friend of Pivarnick's told her not to take a picture of the reality TV star. Pivarnick then allegedly threw a glass at Mayne, hitting her in the nose, Mayne said Wednesday after court.
James J. Leonard Jr., Pivarnick's attorney in the criminal matter, said Mayne hit his client, and Pivarnick hit her back.
"This is a publicity stunt perpetrated by individuals who are looking for money and to get their names in the paper," said Leonard, who also represented another "Jersey Shore" cast member, Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, on battery charges in Miami. "I expect the judge will throw the whole thing out."
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