Update 5/17/18 4:45 p.m. ET: The allegations against Catfish's host/executive producer Nev Schulman were made by were made by Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on the show in 2015, according to BuzzFeed News. In two videos posted to YouTube video posted earlier this month, Morgan claims that Schulman sexual harassed her and asked her to come to his hotel room. "I'm shook because the way you portray yourself on TV is totally different from the jackass you are in person," she said. "He was just pushing and pushing and pushing."
MTV has halted production on its Catfish series after sexual misconduct investigations against host/executive producer Nev Schulman became public, The Daily Beast reports. What exactly Schulman is accused of is not currently known.
“We take these allegations very seriously,” an MTV spokesperson said in a statement. “We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation.”
“I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions—but these claims are false,” Schulman, who is married with a 17-month-old child, told The Daily Beast in a statement.
As The Cut notes, this is not the first time Schulman has been accused of misconduct. In 2006, he was kicked out of Sarah Lawrence College for punching a woman in the face during a dance. 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.
That woman told Vulture she had approached Schulman after she saw him taking photos of people without their consent. "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,” she said at the time. “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.”
In 2016, Schulman was slammed for a racist tweet about black women. The tweet has since been deleted, but not before savvy internet users screenshotted the evidence. He later publicly apologized for what we wrote.
Ppl surprised Nev Schulman is just another basic white dude who says something racist and then says "just sayin" pic.twitter.com/jBopYs8IBv— Wallahi Papi (@helladesi) April 6, 2016
Catfish, in which Schulman tracks down people involved in online relationships to verify if they are who they say they are, has been on the air since 2012. The show's seventh season premiered in January.