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Posted Tue, December 14, 2010 1:00pm EDT

'Teen Mom' Amber Portwood's Ex Sister-In-Law — Amber & Her Family Have Always Been Violent! Exclusive!

Amber’s infamous abuse of ex Gary may have seemed like an act for the ‘Teen Mom’ cameras, but her ex sister-in-law says it is for real — and her family is the same!

It may appear that Amber Portwood amped up her constant abuse of baby daddy Gary Shirley for the MTV cameras on Teen Mom, but that’s actually not the case. spoke to Samantha Hall, an aspiring model who used to be married to Amber’s brother Shawn Portwood until 2008, and she said both Amber AND her family are notoriously abusive!

“Amber’s dad treated the mom the same way Amber treats Gary like, ‘shut up b**ch,'” she explains.

It was not just Amber’s father either. “One time I made Shawn a poem and framed it with rose petals but then I threatened to leave him and he slammed his head through the picture frame,” says Samantha.

As for ex Gary, Samantha has nothing but nice things to say about him. “Gary is a really nice guy and Amber makes him insane.”

Amber is currently facing up to three years in jail and is being charged with two felony counts and one misdemeanor for beating up Gary, events stemming from a Sept. 28 episode of Teen Mom. As it turns out, Samantha was approached in 2005 by MTV to appear on Engaged & Underage, but Shawn didn’t want to, “make a mockery of the wedding.”

“Shawn and I split up and he got deployed and then the producer called so I told them about Amber,” says Samantha. “Gary and I were close friends, we worked at a gym together. I’m still in contact with Shawn and Gary.”

— Chloe Melas and reporting by Jessica Finn