NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. judge warned “Jersey Shore” reality star Snooki that she was acting like troubled actress Lindsay Lohan, and sentenced her on Wednesday to community service for disorderly conduct.
The 22-year-old reality television show personality, whose real name is Nicole Polizzi, pleaded guilty in August after she was arrested in Seaside Heights, New Jersey while filming for the popular MTV series.
Celebrity website TMZ.com said she had been partying with a beer bong along the town’s boardwalk and had fallen off a bicycle.
Police said she was being disorderly on the beach and was bothering patrons. Polizzi’s lawyer admitted the reality star had been drinking.
“It appears your recent celebrity has affected your judgment,” judge Damian Murray told Polizzi in Seaside Heights Municipal Court before comparing her to Lohan, who spent two weeks in jail and three weeks in drug rehab last month.
“You seem to be acting like a Lindsay Lohan wannabe,” Murray added. He sentenced her to two days community service and a $500 fine.
The judge called Polizzi’s behavior “self-indulgent” and asked if her antics were scripted by producers of the “Jersey Shore” show. Polizzi replied they were not — keeping in line with producers who have previously said the show is not scripted.
During the sentencing hearing, an unusually demure Polizzi fluffed her hair and apologized to police officers who arrested her.
“When I saw what happened and everyone told me what happened, I was very embarrassed,” she said.
“Jersey Shore” — about the lives and leisure of young Italian-Americans in New Jersey — has become an MTV hit and a U.S. pop culture sensation in the past year.
Its second season premiere in July scored 5.3 million viewers, growing to 6.5 million last week, delivering MTV’s highest rated series telecast in more than eight years, MTV said.
Reporting by Christine Kearney, editing by Jill Serjeant