MTV has suspended its reality television series Catfish as executive producer and host, Nev Schulman, faces allegations of sexual misconduct.
The 33-year-old is currently being investigated after a former guest posted two YouTube videos in which she claims she was sexually harassed by Schulman, who she refers to as ‘Jack’, during her time on the show.
Uploaded earlier this week, the videos see Ayissha Morgan – who appeared on Catfish in 2015 and identifies as a lesbian – alleging Schulman repeatedly asked her about her sexual orientation and continually ‘came onto her’.
Adding how she’s coming forward to spread awareness and not to make any money, Morgan said:
He just kept asking me: ‘are you a lesbian or are you bisexual?’ and I was like, ‘I’m a lesbian for the 50th f*cking time’.
He said: ‘I don’t think you’re a lesbian, you need to let me take you out and you’re really pretty. I just feel like you haven’t met the right guy yet. I think you should try it’.
On every break from filming, every time they said cut, he’s like: ‘Oh, well, when can I take you on a date?’.
He was just pushing and pushing and pushing. He kept saying ‘I think you should reevaluate’.
I was in such an uncomfortable place and a freaking hard time in my life as well. I’m at my most vulnerable.
Morgan also claims a female production assistant, who she refers to as ‘Carol’, get her drunk to take advantage of her.
In a statement provided to The Daily Beast, an MTV spokesperson confirmed the show had been suspended while the investigation continues:
We take these allegations very seriously. We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation, and we’ve put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed.
The show, which began airing in 2012 and is now in its seventh season, sees host Schulman investigate online relationships and whether people are pretending to be someone else on the internet.
In a statement provided by his publicist, Schulman denies the allegation stating:
The behaviour 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 has been married to wife Laura Perlongo since July 2017 and they have a 17-month-old daughter together.
If you’ve been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2:30 and 7-9:30). They also offer a victim support line on 0808 168 9111.
Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on its website or on its helpline – 0808 800 5005.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.