Catfish host Nev Schulman opened up about the sexual harassment allegations against him, which were deemed “not credible and without merit” by MTV. Schulman maintained his innocence, detailing how “powerless” he felt during MTV’s investigation.
“To be accused of something that I squarely did not do and to have the harsh judgment that followed and no way to counteract or do something in the moment to correct that was very difficult,” he told People magazine Wednesday. “It was frustrating. I just felt so powerless.”
It took a toll on his family. “I’m doing much better now,” he said. “It was a really difficult time for me, as much for my wife and my family. It was tough.”
Schulman made mistakes in his life but prides himself on personal accountability. “I’ve apologized and done everything I could to make right where I may have wronged,” he said. “I’ve been judged for those mistakes—publicly and privately. That’s tough and doesn’t feel good but it’s important and something I’ve made part of my life.”
He commented that not only was the support of his Catfish crew and fans was uplifting throughout the experience, but even past participants of the show reached out in support.
“Several people who had been on the show actually reached out to me and offered to speak up in my support if necessary,” Schulman explained. “I’m just so thankful and grateful to everyone.”
The harassment allegations against Schulman were made by former Catfish participant, Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on a Season 4 episode of the show. She spoke on harassment by a host of the show who she titled “Jack” in a series of YouTube videos.
After the videos surfaced, MTV halted the filming of Catfish, resuming when the investigation had concluded.
At the time of the filming hiatus, Schulman issued a statement on his innocence. “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,” Shulman told People.
The latest season of Catfish will premiere Wednesday with a two-hour special, featuring two new episodes. Trailers for each episode detail unique circumstances, one featuring a digital couple who has never met, and their child.
It is unclear if MTV and Catfish will address the allegations against Shulman in the season premiere.
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