MTV has suspended production on their hit show Catfish as it investigates allegations of sexual misconduct against host Nev Schulman, according to sources talking to The Daily Beast.
An MTV spokesperson confirmed that shooting on the show has been halted:
We take these allegations very seriously. We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation, and we’ve put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed.
The allegations come from a video posted by Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on the show back in 2015. Morgan – who is a lesbian – alleges that Schulman repeatedly propositioned her and asked her to “reevaluate” her sexuality while they were on-set.
(Schulman is referred to using the pseudonym ‘Jack’ in the video.)
Prior to the confirmation by MTV, Schulman issued a statement through his publicist denying the allegations.
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. I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions—but these claims are false.
Catfish: The Show began airing back in 2012 after the success of the documentary of the same name, also starring Schulman. In it, he and his co-host Max Joseph investigate online relationships and try to ascertain whether one party is being ‘catfished’ or deceived.
Schulman married Laura Perlongo last year.The couple have a daughter together.