Discovery Network's "Alaskan Bush People" has had its share of scandals, starting with allegations that the whole reality show is not so real after all. While the Brown family is facing felony charges over their reportedly false documents, other family members are also battling their own controversies.
Radar Online reported that Ami Brown, the Brown matriarch, is battling a severe spinal injury called "Cervical Radiculitus."
"What it is, I have some arthritis in my neck. It's degenerative from working and injuries and things. The arthritis has built up where your nerves come out of your cervical spine there at your neck area and shoulder," Ami said.
The 53-year-old mother added that the condition is painful and bothersome.
"It pinches on the nerves," she continued. "The muscle was like three times its size, so that also pushed on the nerve. It was a really bad, painful thing."
Radar Online has also previously reported that Ami's husband, the 62-year-old Brown patriarch Billy, is undergoing a serious medical crisis of his own. Billy is said to be experiencing seizures of unknown causes. Due to their illnesses, the couple cannot return to the Alaskan wilderness they call home.
Meanwhile, Starcasm has unearthed a police record showing that Billy and Ami's eldest son Matt, has been arrested for a DUI hit-and-run charge in 2013.
According to the arrest report, the incident happened in Juneau, Alaska in late August 2013. Matt was drinking at a bar with a girl who he later hooked up with. After their one night stand, he borrowed the girl's car to get some chips from Walmart.
There, Matt reportedly hit a parked motorcycle. After failing standard sobriety tests, he was arrested for DUI and Action of an Operator After an Accident was detained at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. His father Billy paid the bail of $250. Matt was reportedly later sentenced with three days jail time and 14 months of probation in February 2014.
"Alaskan Bush People" airs Wednesdays, 8 p.m. on Discovery Channel. It follows Billy, Ami, and their seven grown children, described on their website as "newly discovered family" born and raised in the Alaskan wilderness.