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We really hope this isn’t true…if so, MTV ain’t sh*t!!

“THEY made me do it!” Teen Mom Amber Portwood claims MTV producers PAID her to pummel former fiance Gary Shirley on the show – and she’ll use that as a defense as she fights felony abuse charges that stem from the beating, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.

The 20-year-old single mother was recently charged with one misdemeanor and two felony counts of domestic violence and battery after she was shown kicking and punching Gary in an episode that aired in September. Amber and Gary’s 2-year-old daughter, Leah, was present during two of the violent attacks.

But Amber insists the violence was all a ruse and that show execs gave her an extra $1,000 to “get physical” with her ex during filming because they “wanted more drama,” says an insider.

“Amber knows she needs a good defense, and reality show producers are known to stage scenes, so she thinks it’s believable.

“She says that the producers were concerned because they don’t get much drama from the other moms.

“They told her that she and Gary were the most popular couple on the show and that they would pay her extra to provoke a fight. Amber says Gary didn’t know about it because they wanted a ‘spontaneous’ reaction from him.”

Amber and Gary officially split in early November, shortly before she was charged with the abuse.

Indiana Department of Child Protective Services temporarily granted Gary full custody of Leah after the charges were filed, but have since returned her to Amber, who is closely monitored by DCS. In late November, Leah was officially deemed a ward of the state. After six months of monitoring by DCS, Amber can file for custody again.

The ENQUIRER recently reported that “Teen Mom” producers often set up scenarios they believe will instigate drama. One insider who has witnessed the show being filmed told us that “the producers lead (the cast) to believe they can do whatever they want without repercussion because they are stars.”

When approached by The ENQUIRER, MTV refused to comment on our story.

Now, says the insider, Amber is so freaked out about a possible jail sentence that she’s willing to do whatever it takes to beat the charges.

“She can’t believe MTV would put her in this position,” added the insider.

“It will negatively affect her for the rest of her life if she ends up having felonies on her record.”

We know they gotta do bullsh*t for ratings and all, but damn, this is down right ridiculous if this is true.




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