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After clips from MTV's promo of this week's Jersey Shore went viral, in which Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi gets punched in the face, the network has decided not to run the footage of the violent act.
In the scene, Snooki is at a bar and gets into a verbal argument with a man, who then violently punches her off her bar stool. The attacker, Lou Ferro, 24, a gym teacher from Queens, NY, was arrested immediately after the incident, and has been found guilty of assault.
"What happened to Snooki was a crime and obviously extremely disturbing," MTV said in a statement Friday. "After hearing from our viewers, further consulting with experts on the issue of violence, and seeing how the video footage has been taken out of context to not show the severity of this act or the resulting consequences, MTV has decided not to air Snooki being physically punched in next week's episode."
The network said the episode will show the events leading up to the altercation and the aftermath, and they plan to run a message at the end of the show listing available resources for those in abusive relationships.
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