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MTV says it’ll resume manufacturing on its hit present Catfish after an investigation discovered sexual misconduct claims in opposition to its host and govt producer Nev Schulman to be not credible.
In Could, the cable community introduced it had briefly suspended manufacturing of the collection to analyze the claims, which the star has denied. Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on the fourth season of Catfish in 2015, had mentioned in a YouTube video in Could that the “major particular person” on Catfish, repeatedly questioned her sexuality and alluded that she ought to have intercourse with him.
“Though we by no means obtained a proper grievance, MTV and [the show’s third party production company] Crucial Content material instantly engaged an unbiased third social gathering investigator,” an MTV spokesperson mentioned in a press release to E! Information on Saturday. “The unbiased investigator discovered the allegations made within the YouTube movies to be not credible and with out advantage. Given the outcomes of the investigation, Catfish will resume filming. We take these issues very critically and are dedicated to offering a secure working surroundings.”
“The conduct described on this video didn’t occur,” Schulman had mentioned in a press release after the YouTube video surfaced. “And I am lucky that there are a variety of former colleagues who have been current throughout this time interval who’re prepared to talk up with the reality. I’ve all the time been clear about my life and would all the time take accountability for my actions — however these claims are false.”
A supply additionally instructed E! Information on the time, “The movies embody quite a lot of issues are which are disprovable, together with the timeline and particular manufacturing particulars. The conduct she describes is inconsistent with Nev.”
Catfish first premiered on MTV in 2012, two years after Schulman’s documentary about on-line courting of the identical identify was launched. Season seven premiered in January.
—Reporting by Chris Harnick