Former 'Bachelorette' Producer Sues Over Sexual Harassment
It all went down on JoJo Fletcher's season.
ABC sure has seen their fair share of misdonduct this year. After the Corinne/DeMario drama on Bachelor in Paradise we thought we'd seen the last of any type of lawsuit towards the Bachelor franchise but boy were we wrong.
Former Bachelorette producer, Becky Steenhoek, claims she was asked personal, invasive and sexual questions by her fellow producers. She claims that once she complained about the treatment, she was fired. She is suing Warner Brothers and 5 other producers for "sexual harassment, sex discrimination, retaliation, failure to prevent harassment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and wrongful termination."
Steenhoek worked as a producer for The Bachelorette for 18-months. She was a segment producer for JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette when the harassment took place. Whilst working on the show, Steenhoek was subjected to inappropriate sexual questioning by other producers with remarks like: "Is your vagina shaved?," "Have you ever sat under a shower faucet or touched yourself to masturbate?," and "Have you ever fondled [testicles] before?"
When Steenhoek refused to answer, uncomfortable by the line of questioning, she complained to a higher up and was suddenly no longer allowed to "meaningfully participate" in the show's production. An offer for Steenhoek to work on another Bachelor spin-off was withdrawn. Shortly after she complained to her boss, she was fired. Steenhoek filed a formal suit and relayed her experience with The LA Times this past Monday.
"I know what the show is about — that they push boundaries, have sex in the fantasy suite and there’s discussion about those things." Says Steenhoek. "However, I didn’t think that as a crew member that I would be asked those really intimate questions. I’m not a contestant on the show. I didn’t sign a contract basically signing my life over to the producers."
Warner Brothers has responded to the allegations saying they are "disappointed" by this lawsuit. While there's no word as to what will happen with the suit, we hope Becky gets the closer she feels she deserves.