Reality show star arrested in Morehead City on assault charge

A reality television star has been arrested in Morehead City where the show is currently shooting.

David Marciano, who appears on the National Geographic Channel series 'Wicked Tuna', was charged with assault on a female by Morehead City police.

Interim Chief Bernette Morris says Marciano is accused of pulling the ponytail of the front desk clerk at the hotel where he is staying. Morris says it happened around 1:10 a.m. Monday and that Marciano appeared to be intoxicated.

The man was taken before a magistrate Tuesday afternoon and released on a written promise to appear.

WITN contacted the National Geographic Channel for comment on the arrest and we received the following from Christopher Albert:

"We can confirm that one of the captains who appears on National Geographic Channel's "Wicked Tuna" series, produced by Pilgrim Studios, was arrested, accused of pulling the ponytail of a front desk clerk at the hotel where he is staying during filming. We take all legal matters seriously and are awaiting confirmation of the full details of the alleged incident. We are cooperating fully with local authorities. In the meantime, we will continue production of "Wicked Tuna," which showcases the best of the New England and East Coast fishing communities, and the challenges of their hard-earned way of life."

The show has been shooting off the North Carolina coast for about the past week. It resumes airing in mid-February, according to National Geographic.