MTV has suspended production on longrunning reality series "Catfish," after its host was accused of sexual misconduct.
The Daily Beast was first to report the temporary move, citing the allegations against Nev Schulman, the creator and executive producer of the documentary-style series that explores online relationships and false identities. A spokesperson from MTV issued a statement to the site explaining its decision, saying:
"We take these allegations very seriously. We're working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation."
According to The Daily Beast, the allegations were shared in two YouTube videos posted this week by a woman who appeared on "Catfish" three years ago. The site reports:
A lesbian, Morgan claims Schulman—whom she refers to in the video by the pseudonym "Jack"—pushed her to "reevaluate" her sexuality and have sex with him. In another video, posted May 14, Morgan alleges that a female production assistant, "Carol," got her drunk and took advantage of her. The next day, she claims, Schulman invited her into his hotel room, where he allegedly propositioned her.
In his own statement to The Daily Beast, Schulman denied the accusations, adding that he had witnesses to corroborate his version of events. His full statement, issued through a publicist, said:
"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."
"Catfish," based on Schulman's 2010 documentary of the same name, began airing on MTV in 2012. It's currently in its seventh season.
[via: The Daily Beast]