MTV Catfish production suspended after host Nev Schulman accused of sexual misconduct
The reality documentary series involves investigating online relationships in an attempt to find out the authenticity of who people claim to be to their online partners.
MTV's Catfish, which has managed to earn raging viewership and fan following over the last few years, is sadly being temporarily suspended.
The production got stalled after the reality documentary series' host, Nev Schulman, was accused of sexual harassment by a woman who had appeared on the show in 2015, the Daily Beast reported.
In a video posted on May 12, Ayissha Morgan said she was sexually harassed by Schulman during the production of the episode on which she appeared.
Apart from being one of the main hosts, Schulman also serves as an executive producer for the show. He had developed the show with Max Joseph and his own brother, Ariel Schulman, after a 2010 movie of the same name that starred Schulman himself, gained massive success.
“We take these allegations very seriously,” an spokesperson for MTV told The Daily Beast in a statement. “We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation.”
Even though MTV said it was investigating the accusation, it didn't reveal the exact nature of the sexual harassment.
“Catfish: The TV Show” premiered back in November 2012 and since then, there have been 107 episodes aired - all spanned across seven seasons. The show revolves around the hosts examining online relationships, investigating to find out if the people are really who they claim to be to their online partner.
The most recent season debuted in January this year.
Morgan posted another video on May 14, detailing the incident further.
Schulman has denied the charges via a statement issued by his publicist.
“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,” he said.
“I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions—but these claims are false.”
It has also been revealed that Schulman has an alleged history of harassment. Back in September 2014, Gawker reported that Schulman had got kicked out of Sarah Lawrence College for punching a woman.