A former cast member of MTV's “The Real World,” David “Puck” Rainey, has been jailed after being convicted of stalking a California woman this year.
The former reality-television personality, who appeared on "MTV Real World: San Francisco" in 1994 during the third season of the long-running series, was arrested for stalking a woman on Feb. 22, according to TMZ. The celebrity-gossip site speculated that Rainey, 44, may have violated a previous restraining order because he was sentenced to more than one year in prison.
At the very least, Rainey’s jail term of two years appears to suggest that the man once known as “Puck” may have violated some sort of court order while stalking the woman, who TMZ did not identify.
Rainey pleaded “no contest” to the stalking charges in April, and, on Nov. 8, he turned himself in begin serving his time at Wasco State Prison in California.
Rainey was credited with 401 days of time served, TMZ reported. He therefore has about 300 days left to serve in Wasco State Prison.
This isn’t the first time Rainey has been jailed for bad behavior. In 2009, he was sentenced to a year in a Los Angeles County jail after pleading no contest in a domestic-violence case involving his then-girlfriend, according to the Daily Mail. The same year, he was also placed on probation for three years in a case centerd on felony possession of ammunition, the Mail reported.
Puck made history on "MTV Real World: San Francisco" by being one of the first housemates to ever be kicked off the show. His antagonistic and rebellious attitude put him squarely at odds with HIV-positive housemate Pedro Zamora. Allegations were made that Rainey said, “Good riddance,” upon hearing of Zamora’s death from AIDS after the show ended, but Rainey has denied making that statement.
Rainey also nearly came to blows with another housemate, Judd Winick, over a shirt Rainey wore depicting four guns arranged in the shape of a swastika. Winick, who would later go on to write for DC Comics, is Jewish and was highly offended at Rainey’s shirt.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.