JUNE 11--A Boston man facing a domestic violence charge was cast anyway by MTV in the network's current "Road Rules" series, The Smoking Gun has learned. Donnell Langham, 21, was arrested last July for assault and battery after allegedly striking his teenage girlfriend and throwing her to the ground and dragging her several feet.
According to a police report, cops saw "significant bruising" on 5' 3" Erin Soper's "arms, back, and legs." As a result of the incident, a District Court judge signed a restraining order barring Langham, 5' 6", 200+ pounds, from contacting or going near the girl.
Months after the incident, Langham was tabbed for the 12th installment of MTV's popular "Road Rules" show, which was lensed this spring in the South Pacific and had its network premiere on May 26.
In April, weeks after filming ended and Langham returned to Massachusetts, he was again arrested for assaulting Soper as well as violating the July 2002 protection order. According to police, Langham argued with the teenager and grabbed her throat for "about five seconds." When police arrived, they noted in a report, red marks were still visible on Soper's throat area. Langham is scheduled to face trial this summer on both misdemeanor cases and could face a maximum of two-and-a-half years in jail if convicted.