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'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood Tells Judge Her MTV Salary Is $280,000 A Year — Is It Too Much?

Wed, December 29, 2010 10:46am EDT by Chloe Melas 12 Comments

After 24 hours in jail, a judge orders Amber to appear in court and reveal what MTV pays her — and it’s much more than anyone thought!

It appears Amber Portwood is taking home some pretty major bucks for her role on the MTV hit show Teen Mom — to the tune of $280,000!   In allowing MTV to exploit her life and often volatile personal relationships, the young mom is making more money than most Americans — does this seem fair?

The Teen Mom star was booked on two felony counts and a misdemeanor for domestic battery on Dec. 27., after being picked up by local police at her home in Anderson, Ind., and brought to the Madison County Jail. Upon being released from jail on $5,000 bond, the 20-year-old appeared before Madison County magistrate Steven Clase, using a video feed from the jail, and was ordered to reveal her salary — $280,000!

The Herald Bulletin reports that Amber told the judge that her occupation was a “television personality” and when first asked to state her salary, her lawyer Kathleen Sweeney objected.

Until further notice, Amber is barred from contacting her ex-boyfriend Gary Shirley “indefinitely.”

— Chloe Melas