“The Bachelorette” season 2 star Meredith Phillips is coming out with serious allegations against the show.
Phillips was the leading woman in the 2004 iteration of the uber-popular dating reality show. In a new interview on the “Reality Steve” podcast, she accused a masseuse on the show of drugging and sexually assaulting her.
The former reality star says she was staying at the show’s mansion and was handed a pill by the female massage therapist. “I just assumed it was an aspirin or something to loosen up my back,” Phillips explained. “And it definitely wasn’t that, that’s for sure.”
The masseuse allegedly followed Phillips into a bathtub naked and began “rubbing areas probably she shouldn’t have… I woke up naked. Don’t remember much.”
Phillips confided in another woman on set, who confessed she too had been “roofied and in a hot tub and kind of accosted” on the show’s set.
“I had no control. Zero,” Phillips said. “I think that was the hardest part for me, that I couldn’t even lift my arms to say no.” As to why Phillips waited 14 years to come out with these allegations, she said she “wanted to protect the franchise, which is f**ked up.”
ET Canada obtained a statement from ABC, the network behind “The Bachelor” and its spinoffs. “As we’re not the producing studio, we have no comment,” an ABC rep said.