‘Jersey Shore’ Star Deena Cortese Banned From Local Bar But Likely Too Drunk to Care
Earlier this summer, 'Jersey Shore' star Deena Cortese made quite a commotion at the Spicy Cantina & Mexican Grille in Seaside Heights, N.J. -- so much so that the establishment has been now fined $15,000 by the state's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and been forced to ban Cortese from the premises for two years.
Cortese, who's just 25 but looks like she could be her own mother, stumbled into the place back in June with an MTV film crew in tow. During her 90 minutes there she walked on the bar, did a not-so-graceful faceplant, generally made a nuisance of herself, and then stumbled outta the joint with a drink in her hand to dance in traffic.
Simply put, it was just another day in the life of a 'Jersey Shore' episode. And while it helped reinforce the show's tragic brand, it apparently had consequences beyond Deena making an ass of herself on national TV.
She later pleaded guilty to "failing to use a sidewalk" (but as everyone knows, the street is a hammered person's sidewalk). The N.J. liquor regulators also dinged Spicy Cantina for serving a "visibly intoxicated" Cortese, and in settlement announced Thursday, the bar agreed to cough up a fine of 15 grand and to ban the pickled reality star from entering the joint again for the next two years.
“This settlement is a cautionary tale," said Michael Halfacre, the director of the alcohol board. "By turning a blind eye to the mayhem that can be associated with reality television, you are risking your livelihood."
That's all well and good, but can't we just turn a blind eye to reality television in general?