‘Teen Mom OG’ Star Maci Bookout Talks Amber Portwood’s Arrest: ‘As Her Friend You Feel Helpless’

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Amber Portwood‘s 2019 arrest is playing out on the new season of Teen Mom OG. On the episode airing Tuesday night, her co-star Maci Bookout is speaking out about the arrest and admitting that she feels “helpless.”

In a sneak peek obtained by PEOPLE, Maci talks to her husband, Taylor McKinney, about the incident. Amber was arrested in the early morning hours of July 5, 2019 after allegedly attacking her then-boyfriend Andrew Glennon. He was reportedly holding the couple’s young son, James, during the altercation. She was charged with domestic assault and was not able to see her son for some time after the arrest, something that Maci opened up about to her husband, saying that it “sucks” for everyone.

“I think all you can do is what you girls have been doing at this point. You don’t have to agree with what happened or how she handled, but still support her as a friend and a sister,” Taylor tells her.

Following the arrest, Maci traveled to Indiana to be there for Amber at a court hearing. She was joined by Catelynn Lowell and Cheyenne Floyd.

“As her friend, you feel helpless,” Maci admitted.

This scene was taped shortly after the arrest, which explains why there were still a lot of uncertainties. Maci admitted that she didn’t necessarily have all the specifics.

“We don’t know all the details or facts of what happened or what had happened before. It’s a freaking mess. It’s a lot of tough stuff for these kids to comprehend and deal with.”

Along with James, Amber is also the mother of an 11-year-old daughter, Leah.

Amber eventually took a plea deal in the case and was able to avoid jail time. However, she is currently on probation. On the most recent episode of Teen Mom OG, she sat down with Gary Shirley, who is the father of her daughter. She admitted that her biggest regret was not walking away the night of the alleged attack. She opened up and said that, when she looks back on that night, she is “ashamed.”

While Amber was unable to see James following the arrest, she has since been able to have visitation with him. She recently opened up about coparenting with Andrew, admitting that she is doing it the “best way” that she can.

It is unclear if Maci Bookout’s reaction is the only one that fans will be able to see when the new episode airs on Tuesday night.