ABC has canceled the second episode of “The Proposal” following allegations against participant Michael J. Friday.
ABC has pulled the second episode of the reality tv show “The Proposal” after a woman came forward and claimed one of the program’s participants, “was directly responsible for my date rape.”
Erica Denae Meshke of Milwaukee, Wis., wrote on her Facebook page that one of the participants helped facilitate her sexual assault in November 2017. At first, she did not mention of the participant in question, but they later added a screenshot of the participant, Michael J. on Friday Instagram account in the comments below the post.
“This man just keeps getting more creepy,” Meshke wrote along with a screenshot of Friday’s Instagram page.
Meshke wrote that they met Friday on the Tinder and the two scheduled date. Friday, invited her to meet in the hallway of an apartment complex.
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“When I arrived, it was just him and two other 50ish-year-old men who he referred to as his ‘friends.’ She poured me a drink, and then I was left alone with the two older men. The original man never came back, despite me calling and texting. I was told by his friends that he would be back soon. So while I waited, I took a drink, which I now know was spiked,” she wrote.
Meshke said she was led upstairs to an apartment by one of the older men where she was allegedly attacked.
“The things I endure for the next 5 hours were unspeakable,” she explained.
The woman said she was threatened to remain silent about the incident and only told her friends and placed in a Facebook group anonymous about the alleged rape. She said that she ran on Friday in the public later and confronted him, but she claims he defended what he did.
Meshke concluded her post by asking users of social media for a boycott of the show.
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“This man is the beautiful sight that is used as a lure for girls in unsafe situations,” she wrote.
ABC and Warner Horizon Productions told People in a statement that the studios are taking the allegations “very seriously.”
“A complaint is submitted against a participant on next week’s episode of ‘The Proposal.’ While the accusation was not related to the participant by the program, we take it very seriously,” the statement said.
“ABC and the producers of ‘The Proposal’ pull the episode, while this matter is under review,” the statement concluded.
Friday was eliminated in the first round. He has not directly responded to the allegations.
“The Proposal” is a dating show from the creators of “The Bachelor, where a woman or man is introduced to 10 participants try to win. The participants will go through four rounds, until the person chooses who they want to approach it with a “romantic proposal of their choice.”
Fox News’ request for comment from ABC was not immediately answered.