‘Are You the One?’ Manufacturing Paused As MTV Launches Investigation Into Claims Season 5 Star Was Drugged & Sexually Assaulted – .
Are you working on the upcoming ninth season of MTV’s reality series Are You the One? was put on hold after a Daily Beast story on Sunday in which former contestant Gianna Hammer accused the producers of drugging her and covering up a sexual assault while filming season 5 in 2017.
“We take these issues very seriously and have paused production / casting to conduct an independent investigation into the third-party production company’s allegations and to further review our internal security logs,” an MTV spokesman said in a statement.
In the story, Hammer claims she was on anti-anxiety medication when she joined the show’s fifth season filming in the Dominican Republic. It describes the events of one night while filming at an alcohol-fueled cast party. Hammer claims the producers gave her an extra nap on her medication after she was confronted with another performer despite protests that the drugs should not be mixed with alcohol. She claims she passed out afterwards, but other contestants later told her they had to drag her out of a bed she was in with a male performer because they heard her say “no”. Hammer claims the producers allowed the male candidate to stay on the show after the incident. Are You the One ?, which was cast for the next season, is produced by Lighthearted Entertainment.
Hammer had been alluding to her social media experience for a while. According to sources, MTV had carried out two internal reviews, the last one in February 2021. Now the network will use an independent third party to investigate the incident.