A former Bachelor and Bachelorette producer has filed a criticism towards the present’s manufacturing firm and 5 producers alleging she was sexually harassed on set, E! Information can affirm.
In court docket paperwork obtained by E! Information, Becky Steenhoek filed a criticism in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom Monday morning the place she claims that she was repeatedly requested questions on her intercourse life whereas engaged on season 12 of The Bachelorette.
She is suing for damages associated to sexual harassment and hostile work setting, intercourse discrimination, retaliation, failure to stop harassment, intentional infliction of emotional misery and wrongful termination. Warner Bros., which produces The Bachelor franchise, is known as within the criticism.
“We take all allegations of office harassment very critically. These allegations had been delivered to our consideration and had been totally investigated earlier this 12 months,” Warner Bros. stated in an announcement to E! Information. “Our findings didn’t help the plaintiff’s characterization of the occasions claimed to have taken place, which is why we’re upset by the submitting of this lawsuit.”
In response to Becky, 5 of the present’s govt and forged producers allegedly requested her graphic private questions together with, “Is your vagina shaved?,” “Have you ever ever fondled [testicles] earlier than?” and “Have you ever ever sat underneath a bathe faucet or touched your self to masturbate?”
“You might visibly inform it was very uncomfortable to me to witness, simply because they did make feedback like, ‘Oh, Becky’s blushing,’ or ‘Her ears are most likely burning,'” Becky advised the Los Angeles Instances who first broke the story. “It was a little bit of a theme that carried on all through the season … it was a enjoyable time for them to see me get embarrassed.”
Becky claims in her lawsuit that when she turned to a forged producer to complain in regards to the questions, she was advised that it was “locker-room” speak. Weeks after complaining, Becky was advised she wouldn’t be wanted for the rest of the season.
“Once I was employed for the job, the rationale they advised me I used to be being employed as a result of I did have the morals and so they felt I used to be a superb individual,” Becky shared with The Instances. “After which right here I’m being fired due to that motive.”
Since being fired from the present, Becky has moved to Texas the place she lives together with her household. As for if she has any regrets about reporting it, the previous producer stands by her choice.
“When you report it, you get retaliated towards, you get fired as a result of then you definately’re not a workforce participant. When you do not report it, then it was primarily me not being me,” she claimed to The Instances. “I’d have needed to sacrifice my values and my morals for one thing I did not suppose was proper, and I am not gonna try this.”