Former beauty queen and ‘Wife Swap‘ contestant Jamie Czerniawski is accused of stabbing her husband with a kitchen knife during a fight instigated by jealousy.
The former Miss Teen New Jersey stabbed her husband Charles, 34, causing “serious bodily injury,” in their Freehold, N.J., home over Memorial Day weekend.
Czerniawski, 30, was charged with aggravated assault and is free on $75,000 bail.
According to The New York Post, the cheerleading coach and mother of three says it was self-defense.
“I was so scared I just closed my eyes [and struck him],” Czerniawski tells the Post. “If I didn’t do it, I would’ve been dead.”
Her husband’s lawyer “vehemently denies” her self-defense claim.
The couple appeared on the ABC reality show ‘Wife Swap’ in 2006.