Police chief Tommy Boyd told NBC New York that the self-proclaimed «meatball,» Deena Cortese, was «a little intoxicated» and hit with a disorderly conduct charge on June 10, 2012. Later that day, Deena was escorted home by her parents when she was released from the Seaside Heights Police Station.
Cortese is a cast member on the reality TV series Jersey Shore. Deena had originally auditioned for season 1 but turned it down to be with her family.; however, she was approached once more by MTV when Angelina Pivarnick left the show after Season 2, and Snooki suggested her as a replacement. She joined the cast in Season 3, which filmed in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.
On October 21, 2013 on a live FitnessRX For Men radio broadcast, Angelina Pivarnick put out a celebrity boxing challenge to Nicole «Snooki» Polizzi, Jennifer «JWoww» Farley and Deena Nicole Cortese.