Former 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' Star Jim Marchese Arrested for Domestic Violence After Allegedly Choking Cancer-Stricken Wife Amber Aboard Plane

Amber Marchese's husband Jim Marchese walked off their plane and straight into handcuffs after getting physically violent with her on board their flight.

Photo: Courtesy Amber Marchese

Jim Marchese was arrested late Tuesday night after allegedly getting into a domestic altercation with his wife Amber, PEOPLE has confirmed. The alleged incident took place on board their flight to Los Angeles International Airport.

“On April 19, 2016 at approximately 11:30 pm Los Angeles Airport Police responded to Terminal 3 regarding a reported incident aboard an aircraft,” airport police tell PEOPLE. “At the request of officers, a male suspect and a female victim left the aircraft. Additional questioning revealed the suspect had grabbed the victim by the throat and made threats against her.”

Authorities state that “Suspect-James Marchese, was arrested and transported to LAPD Pacific Division where he was booked for Domestic Violence.”

The 46-year-old lawyer and season 6 Real Housewives of New Jersey star’s bail was set at $50,000 and he is scheduled back in court on May 11, according to arrest records.

Prior to the incident, Amber, 38, took to Instagram to share a black and white photo of herself holding her face with the caption, “Red eye. Yup.” She later deleted it.

In April 2015, Amber revealed her cancer had returned after surviving breast cancer in 2009. She blogs about her health for PEOPLE.

“You just have to go on with everyday life. I always say, it’s not a matter of if something is going to happen, it’s a matter of how we handle it,” Amber told PEOPLE in 2015 after her diagnosis. “I feel at peace. I feel determined. I feel like everything is going to be okay.”

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