MTV has reportedly resumed filming of “Catfish: The TV Show” following claims of sexual misconduct against the series’ host, Nev Schulman.
“Catfish: The TV Show” is set to resume filming after sexual misconduct allegations at the address of the series’ host and executive producer, Nev Schulman, were found “not credible and without merit.”
In a statement to Fox News, an MTV spokeswoman said Friday: “Although we never had a formal complaint, MTV, and Critical Content immediately engaged an independent third party researcher.”
“The independent investigator found the allegations of the YouTube videos are not credible and without merit,” the statement continues. “Given the results of the research, ‘the Catfish’ will resume filming. We take this matter very seriously and are committed to providing a safe working environment.”
In the last month, the network suspended production of the series, which began broadcast in 2012 and at that time, was in his seventh of the season, following sexual misconduct allegations against Schulman.
Schulman, 33, has previously denied the accusations against him.
“The problem that is described in this video is not happened and I have been fortunate that there are a number of ex-colleagues who were present during this period, who are willing to speak the truth,” Schulman told Fox News in a statement on 17 May. “I’ve always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions – but these claims are false.”
Earlier this month, the woman who accused Schulman of sexual misconduct allegedly filed two reports against him in Houston, Texas.
Ayissha Morgan previously told TheBlast that they filed reports with the Special Crimes Division over what allegedly happened to her while she was a participant of Catfish.” In two YouTube videos, they claimed that the host, Nev Schulman, who denies her claims, sexually harassed her while she participated in the show in 2015.
“I have them with my statement and detailed accounts of what I experienced,” she told the outlet. “I ask that you please respect my privacy moving forward and those who have the handling of the investigation to do this without interference.”
For those not familiar with “Catfish” hosts Schulman and Max Joseph travel the country trying to help people who believe that the others they meet online is not who they claim to be. Morgan, who identifies as a lesbian, claimed in her videos that Schulman approached her for sex multiple times and encouraged her to “evaluate” her sexual preference.
She says that she suffered from depression after her experience on “Catfish.”
Her second video is also claimed that they make use of a female member of the crew after drinking too much in her hotel room. They claimed that this prompted Schulman to try to seduce her in his hotel room the next day.
When the news of the allegations broke, MTV suspended production on “Catfish,” says he took these matters seriously and work with a third party production company to perform a “thorough investigation.”
“We take these allegations very seriously,” an MTV spokesperson told the Daily Beast at the time. “We work with Critical Content, a third party, our production company, the conduct of a thorough investigation.”