Jenni “JWoww” Farley‘s ex-boyfriend was arrested on Wednesday after the “Jersey Shore” star claimed he tried to extort her for $25,000.
According to the Toms River Police Department, JWoww told police Thomas Lippolis wanted the money in exchange for not divulging secrets to the media about her. According to JWoww, Lippolis made the demand through her publicist.
After an investigation, police arrested Lippolis and charged him with third-degree extortion.
In a statement to ET, JWoww said, “I would like to applaud the Toms River Police and the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office for their professionalism, expedited response time and unwavering attention to detail that resulted in an immediate arrest after I was the target of a serious crime.”
She continued, “I feel fortunate to have the support of law enforcement of this caliber by my side, which has thankfully kept me and my children safe from those who have sought to victimize me.”
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On December 17, 2018 Jenni L. Farley reported to the Toms River Police Department that an ex-boyfriend, Thomas Lippolis, had attempted to extort $25,000 from her in exchange for not divulging secrets to the media about Farley. This information had been given to Farley through her publicist who had initially received a phone call from Lippolis demanding the money. Farley and Lippolis had dated for close to a year approximately ten years ago. On December 19, 2018 Toms River Detectives Tom Grosse and Jon Turner initiated an investigation into these allegations. On December 19, 2018 Detective Grosse arrested Lippolis and subsequently charged him with 3rd Degree Extortion. The media and the public are reminded that criminal charges are accusations only. Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.
JWoww was dating Lippolis when she began filming season 1 of “Jersey Shore.”
It’s been a difficult week for JWoww, who got a restraining order against her husband, Roger Mathews, last week.
The estranged couple recently celebrated their 3rd wedding anniversary amid their split but a reconciliation is not in the cards anytime soon.