The Bachelorette has found itself in another quagmire when it comes to their casting and vetting process, this time when it comes to contestant Lincoln Adim and his legal history.
According to some reporting over at Reality Steve, Adim was in court recently on charges of indecent assault and battery over an incident that happened back in 2016. It’s something that was not unearthed by the public prior to him being a part of this show.
Reality Steve and former Bachelor contestant Ashley Spivey obtained this statement from Jake Wark, the Press Secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, about the specific nature of the charges:
“Mr. Adim was convicted on May 21, 2018 of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship early on May 30, 2016. He was sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with that term suspended for a two-year probationary period. The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years. If he complies with the judge’s orders, he will not have to serve out his term, but if he fails to comply with those orders or re-offends, he could be ordered to serve out the year behind bars.”
There are so many different questions that have to be raised in the midst of all of this when it comes to what happens with contestants behind the scenes. Every person who goes on a reality show has some sort of background check, but did these charges not surface during that? We understand that there are dozens of people who have to be vetted, but missing this at some point in the process seems like an enormous and terrible error. Knowing about it and putting Lincoln on the show anyway is another issue altogether. The show’s production hasn’t commented so it’s unfair to say which one it is right now. With so many contestants, why put someone on the show with this sort of legal history? It puts Becca Kufrin in a retroactively-terrible place since it may cause her to lose further trust in a production that already put her through hell with Arie Luyendyk Jr. earlier this year.
When it comes to the recent issue of Garrett liking offensive posts on Instagram, it’s easier to give production the benefit of the doubt given the fact that those posts were a little bit harder to track down and it’s understandable on some level why they weren’t found. (Instagram’s algorithm makes that tricky.) Here, however, it’s an entirely different story. This can’t be ignored and it has to be rectified.
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