A contestant on the current season of “The Bachelorette” was convicted of assault last month, only days before the show premiered.
Lincoln Adim, who has not been eliminated as of the fourth episode of Becca Kufrin’s current season, was convicted of indecent assault and battery on May 21 in Boston, TV Guide reported.
“Mr. Adim was convicted on May 21, 2018 of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbour cruise ship early on May 30, 2016,” the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office said in a statement.
“He was sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with that term suspended for a two-year probationary period,” the statement continued. “The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years. If he complies with the judge’s orders, he will not have to serve out his term, but if he fails to comply with those orders or re-offends, he could be ordered to serve out the year behind bars.”
Adim may also be forced to register as a sex offender.
In response, a rep for Warner Bros. — which produces the show for ABC — issued a statement to ET Canada.
“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 having been charged with any sexual misconduct,” reads the statement.
“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 statement continues. “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.”