The host and executive producer of the hit MTV show “Catfish” is now denying accusations being made against him.
According to People, Nev Schulman, who began hosting the show after his “Catfish” documentary became a hit, has been accused of sexual misconduct in the workplace.
MTV has suspended the filming of the show’s seventh season pending an internal investigation.
A spokesperson for MTV said in a statement to The Daily Beast:
We take these allegations very seriously. We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation.
As The Daily Beast reports, on May 12, Schulman’s accuser, Ayissha Morgan, took to YouTube to say she was sexually harassed by the TV show host. Morgan, who is a lesbian, was featured on “Catfish: The TV Show” in 2015.
Throughout the series of videos, Morgan referred to Schulman by the pseudonym “Jack.”
According to the video, Morgan claims Schulman kept asking her to “reevaluate” her sexuality and “have sex with him.” In another video posted two days later, Morgan alleged that a female production assistant she called “Carol” got her drunk and “took advantage of her.”
Morgan claimed that the day after she was allegedly taken advantage of, Schulman invited her to his hotel room, where he allegedly “propositioned her” for sex.
That’s when things went “really past that line” for Morgan. She said:
“On every break from filming, every time they said cut, they’re like, ‘Oh, well when can I take you on a date?’ Mind you, this was 20 minutes in from us meeting for the first time. I was in such an uncomfortable place and a freaking hard time in my life as well. I’m at my most vulnerable.”
Morgan added that she is sharing her truth in order to raise awareness for other women going on the show and to bring herself “peace of mind.”
Schulman has released a statement denying all of the claims:
The behavior described in this video did not happen and I’m fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth. I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions – but these claims are false.
Schulman posted about his wife, Laura Perlongo, on Instagram two days ago. In the post he talks about how there are certain times in a person’s life that force them to learn hard life lessons.
Life has a funny way of revealing things to us. As hard as you might try to discover and learn things on your own, often times the most important lessons come in the form of unplanned and unexpected experiences. Just when you think you hit your stride, something comes and trips you up. A number of things have happened to me that have greatly altered the course of my life and I am grateful for all of them. One in particular though continues to surprise and delight me in new and exciting ways everyday. Laura Perlongo is the most fascinating, exciting, and impressive woman I have ever met. I wasn’t planning on falling in love with her, but from the moment I met her I didn’t have a choice. Since that day, I have looked at life through a different lens. I have experienced love and laughter with a new heart and bigger smile. I have grown more patient, focused, committed and passionate than I ever thought possible. See, the thing about life is you never really know what you’re capable of until something challenges you, and you’ll never truly see who you are until somebody else shows you. Well if you’re really lucky, you’ll find someone who can do both, and make it a lot of fun too. Endless love and giggles for my super-sexy-angel-baby-mama-bff. Can’t wait to see you later today ?
He wrote, in part:
Life has a funny way of revealing things to us. As hard as you might try to discover and learn things on your own, often times the most important lessons come in the form of unplanned and unexpected experiences. Just when you think you hit your stride, something comes and trips you up. A number of things have happened to me that have greatly altered the course of my life and I am grateful for all of them. […] See, the thing about life is you never really know what you’re capable of until something challenges you, and you’ll never truly see who you are until somebody else shows you.
This isn’t the first time Schulman has been dragged for bad behavior. In 2014, according to E! News, Schulman wrote about the time he hit a woman in his book titled “In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age.” E News reported:
During his junior year, Schulman describes how he accidentally “punched” a person in self-defense while serving as a photographer at the school’s annual Sleaze Ball, a coming-out dance celebrating LGBTQ students, only to later realize that the “crew-cut-styled individual” was a woman.
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