The producers of The Bachelorette didn’t waste a whole lot of time releasing a statement after learning that one of their contestants in Lincoln Adim had faced charges of indecent assault and battery.
“No one on the Bachelorette production had any knowledge about the incident or charges when Lincoln Adim was cast, and he himself denied ever having engaged in or been charged with any sexual misconduct … We employ a well- respected and highly experienced third party who has done thousands of background checks consistent with industry standards to do a nationwide background check in this case. The report we received did not reference any incident or charge relating to the recent conviction – or any other charges relating to sexual misconduct. We are currently investigating why the report did not contain this information, which we will share when we have it.”
More than likely, there’s going to be some serious investigating that happens on the other side of this. It’s true that most reality TV productions do external background checks on their contestants, typically with people more qualified to do this sort of thing. So why didn’t something turn up, if this is the case? We’re not qualified to touch on what happens with external background checks for reality contestants but, in the end, it’s clear that someone severely dropped the ball and there should be consequences. Even with an abundance of crew members and staffers around almost at all times, it’s very much possible that you are putting everyone from Becca Kufrin to some of the other cast members at risk by having him on the show. For a show that is all about finding love, you need to make sure that the cast members have the capacity to make the most-informed decisions possible.
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