Catfish host Nev Schulman is not a comedian. Last night, though, he clearly thought he was with this little Twitter joke:
Schulman is an admitted abuser of women, having published the following passage in his book Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age:
Yeah, he actually uses the phrase “no big deal.” And, also, this may not have actually been how the events of that evening took place.
According to multiple Sarah Lawrence students, Schulman was photographing two women kissing. One of the women had not consented to be photographed, and pushed the camera out of the way. Schulman then punched her in the face.
Many people have corroborated this version to be true, whereas Schulman’s version has been confirmed by nobody. In any case, Schulman somehow still seems to find it all to be a laughing matter. What a cool guy.
UPDATE: Vulture spoke with the woman who Schulman assaulted, who gave a much more gruesome account than his, including how he punched her "repeatedly":
To be quite clear, Schulman's account of the events of that night is as suspect as all his other endeavors. I attended the dance he mentions and saw that he was taking pictures of queer couples dancing and kissing without their permission. I talked to the Student Affairs liaison at the event, who I knew from my work study job, but nothing was done about it. I confronted him, and asked him to stop taking pictures. I didn't tackle him and I certainly didn't choke him with his camera strap. I tapped his shoulder and he turned and hit me out of nowhere, I went down and he held me in a head lock and repeatedly punched me while I tried to get free. The impact broke my glasses and the rest of the night was a blur. I got off the floor, talked to police, then went home to sleep. When I woke up the next day, my face was bruised, I was hurt, and a friend urged me to go to the hospital, which I did.
From the hospital, I was directed to legal services and received legal advice. I was advised not to press charges because it would be a difficult case to win, as I didn't have any broken bones and it would be his word against mine. I also felt intimidated because his lawyer had been waiting for me in the parking lot after my legal meeting. I didn’t talk to him but it was clear that Nev’s family had the means to drag me through a lengthy court case. As an LBGT finical aid student I didn’t think the chance of getting justice looked good.
The girl, who requested to remain anonymous, also wrote a post on Facebook the night after the incident, providing more details about Schulman's attack. She wrote that the Catfish star began "pounding his closed fist into my temple about six times."
She eventually posted pictures of her injuries. "Her face was fucked because she was wearing glasses," one student told Vulture. "i remember seeing the pictures she posted to facebook afterwards, her eye was bruised and swollen, and there was a cut on her nose. like, this was no bullshit punch, he pretty much fucked her up," another Sarah Lawrence student posted on her Tumblr.
Meanwhile, in a statement provided to Gawker, Schulman claims he hit the woman out of "self-defense."