MTV's Catfish Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Host Nev Schulman


The specifics of the allegations against Schulman are not now known.

Confirming that production of the show has been temporarily halted, an MTV spokesperson has told The Daily Beast: "We take these allegations very seriously".

Schulman has a history of misconduct allegations. He claims he acted in self-defense and did not know the person he punched was a woman since she was "short, stocky" and had a crew-cut.

Schulman's accuser said she witnessed him taking pictures of LGBT couples dancing and kissing at an event, which caused her to confront him and ask him to refrain from photographing further. It aimed to not let Schulman, who petition creator Philip Greenwood referred to as a "violent women beater", be the host of Catfish or any other MTV-related programs.

The show, which began in 2012, is now in its seventh series and follows Schulman and co-host Max Joseph as they investigate the true identities of people in online relationships. The two share a 17-month-old daughter, Cleo James.

Morgan, who is a lesbian, has reportedly accused Schulman of hitting on her by saying that he could "turn her straight", and that he would "tear your a- up". Morgan also accuses a production assistant named "Carol" of sexual misconduct during her time filming the show.

In addition to Schulman's denial, The Blast reports that a longtime staff member of Catfish told them that he has "the full support of the staff", and that they believe Morgan's story to be "inconsistent". Here, Schulman is pictured attending the Global Citizen Festival on September 26, 2015, in New York City.