“Catfish” host Nev Schulman has been accused of sexual harassment and he is denying them as MTV has suspended production on the show.
Ayissha Morgan, 20, who appeared on season four of the show claims Schulman began by asking her out and later questioned her sexuality. She also claims he encouraged her to have sex with him among other things said in an explosive YouTube video.
“On every break from filming, every time they said cut, they’re like, ‘Oh, well when can I take you on a date?’ Mind you, this was 20 minutes in from us meeting for the first time,” Morgan claims in the Saturday, May 12 video about “Jack,” the “main guy on the show,” whom many believe refers to Schulman. “I was in such an uncomfortable place and a freaking hard time in my life as well. I’m at my most vulnerable.”
She added later that Schulman “just kept asking me, ‘Are you a lesbian or are you bisexual?’ I was like, ‘I’m a lesbian for the 50th f—ing time.”
“I don’t think you’re a lesbian … I don’t think you met the right guy yet, do you think I’m attractive?” she alleges the host asked her when they were alone before flying to Houston — even though a female producer was assigned to escort her.
She also claimed Schulman mentioned he had a large penis and encouraged her to have sex with him to “evaluate” her sexuality.
Another time, she agreed to hang out with Schulman at in her hotel room as they watched TV on separate beds. Allegedly, Schulman asked her to cuddle; she refused and left the room. Then, she said Schulman sent her heart eyes and kissy face emojis on Instagram and invited her to his hotel room.
Additionally, Morgan claims she wasn’t just sexually harassed by Schulman.
She said a female producer, who she named “Carol,” sexually assaulted her. Morgan discovered the alleged incident after a night of drinking as she “woke up and she was on top of me.”
“I fell into the worst possible depression after this happened,” Morgan says. “I find myself every so often slipping back into it, and I realize that I’m never going to get my closure or be able to move on unless I put what happened out there.”
In response, Schulman has denied the allegations.
“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,” Schulman told Page Six in a Thursday, May 17 statement. “I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions — but these claims are false.”
MTV has also launched an investigation saying in a statement, “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.”