Tuesday, July 11, 2006

'Real World' Cast Member Arrested in Conn.

Paula Ann Meronek

A cast member on the MTV reality show "The Real World" was arraigned on a misdemeanor assault charge Monday after police said she bit her boyfriend during a domestic dispute.

Paula Ann Meronek, 25, bit her boyfriend several times when he refused to let her into their home at about 3 a.m. Sunday, police said.

"I think it was an argument that led to one thing then another," Cromwell Police Chief Anthony Salvatore said. "He attempted to keep her from the house. It got physical and we were contacted."

Meronek graduated from Quinnipiac University in 2003 with the highest grade-point average in its business school, the university said. But MTV is marketing her as an unstable, relentless partier.

The popular show, now in its 17th season, puts seven strangers together in an exotic locale this time a Key West, Fla., beach house. A call to the show's producer was not immediately returned.

Meronek was charged with third-degree assault, which carries a potential penalty of a year in prison. She is due back in court Aug. 11. No lawyer was listed in court documents.
Her boyfriend, John Alyward, was charged with disorderly conduct. The arrest was first reported by The Middletown Press.


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