‘Catfish’ Star Nev Schulman Addresses Sexual Misconduct Allegations
“I’m doing much better now,” he told People in an interview published on Wednesday (July 11). “It was a really difficult time for me, as much for my wife and my family. It was tough.”
His comments come after MTV temporarily halted production for Catfish, on which Schulman serves as a host and executive producer, when a woman accused him of making inappropriate and sexual comments toward her during her appearance on the show in 2015. Schulman denied the claims, saying at the time:
"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.”
MTV closed its internal investigation in June, saying the allegations were found to be “not credible and without merit." The series has since resumed filming. but Schulman said he felt "powerless" as the investigation was underway.
“To be accused of something that I squarely did not do and to have the harsh judgment that followed and no way to counteract or do something in the moment to correct that was very difficult,” he said. “It was frustrating. I just felt so powerless.”
Catfish: The TV Show first aired in 2012 and returns for its seventh season Wednesday, July 11 on MTV.