MTV has suspended production on its hit show Catfish after sexual misconduct allegations against host and executive producer Nev Schulman surfaced. No details about the reported misconduct have been revealed, but the network did release a statement.
"We take these allegations very seriously,” a spokesperson told The Daily Beast. "We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation." Nev started the show, which is based on his eponymous 2010 documentary, six years ago after he fell in love with a woman online who turned out to be a fraud.
The 33-year-old also released a statement, denying the claims. "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," the statement provided to In Touch read. "I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions – but these claims are false."
Nev, who is currently married to Laura Perlongo and has a one-year-old daughter Cleo, is no stranger to controversy. In his memoir, In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age, Nev wrote about how he was kicked out of Sarah Lawrence College in 2006 for punching a girl. However, he claims he did not know she was a female because she was "short, stocky, crew-cut-styled." In a Sarah Lawrence forum, past students allege he was known for his inappropriate sexual behavior as well.
"And yes, this kid was supposedly caught in the act of rape," one user commented about Nev. "I remember him as being the rich kid that drove two cars and a motocycle around campus (which someone slashed the tires of!)." Another straight out called him "a known rapist" on campus. Yikes.
More recently, Nev seemingly made light of the Ray Rice scandal — the football player was caught beating up his girlfriend in an elevator in 2014 — by posting a selfie from an elevator with the caption, "Cowards make me sick. Real men show strength through patience & honor. This elevator is abuse free." Fans quickly called the reality show star hypocritical, seeing as he had just admitted to punching a girl in his memoir.
In another instance, Nev was forced to apologize after insulting young black women on Twitter. "#BlackGirlsRock I totally agree," he wrote. "They also tend to catfish a lot. Just sayin'." He deleted the tweet and thanked his followers for helping him see the errors in his ways. "Thank you to everyone who took the time to speak with me tonight and promote communication and understanding. Nothing but love and respect," he added.
This story is developing.