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Sexual harassment allegations against Catfish host deemed ‘not credible’

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The MTV show presenter Nev Schulman was investigated after a former participant on the show accused him of sexual assault

A few months ago we reported that creator and presenter of MTV show Catfish, Nev Shulman, had been accused of sexual harrassment whilst filming, by a participant on the show.

For those not in the know, Catfish is a show, started by Schulman, on MTV, that aims to expose people operating under false identities on the internet, usually trying to have a relationship with the people Schulman works with throughout each episode. The show has been airing for six years, and started after Schulman himself fell victim to the scam.

Schulman’s accuser Ayissha Morgan appeared on the show in 2015, and last month posted two YouTube videos purporting to ‘expose’ the host.

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In her videos, posted in May, Ayissha, who is a lesbian, claims that Schulman asked her to ‘reevaluate’ her sexuality, and sleep with him, as well as inviting her to his hotel room, where he propositioned her.

Schulman has strongly denied all of the allegations, and MTV suspended filming whilst a third party production company investigated the claims. 

Schulman’s statement read; “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.”

A statement from MTV following the investigation reads: 

“The independent investigator found the allegations made in the YouTube videos to be not credible and without merit.

“Given the results of the investigation, ‘Catfish’ will resume filming.

“We take these matters very seriously and are committed to providing a safe working environment.”

Schulman has since taken to Twitter to express his gratitude for support from fans throughout the past month.

He has also expressed his excitement and relief at being able to get back to work. MTV has not confirmed when the show will begin airing again.

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