MTV has announced that they are resuming production on the series Catfish after a sexual misconduct investigation against host and executive producer Nev Schulman previously suspended the show’s filming.
As previously reported, back in mid-May MTV suspended production after Ayissha Morgan, who appeared on the fourth season of the series, claimed in a YouTube video that she was repeatedly hit on and made to feel very uncomfortable during the filming of her episode.
“We take these allegations very seriously,” an MTV spokesperson said in a statement at the time. “We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation, and we’ve put a pause on shooting until the investigation is completed.”
Now, MTV has released a new statement: “Although we never received a formal complaint, MTV and [the show’s third party production company] Critical Content immediately engaged an independent third party investigator. The independent investigator found the allegations made in the YouTube videos to be not credible and without merit. Given the results of the investigation, Catfish will resume filming. We take these matters very seriously and are committed to providing a safe working environment.”
“The behavior described in this video did not happen,” Schulman had said in a statement after the YouTube video surfaced. “And I’m fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth. I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions — but these claims are false.”
A source also told E! News at the time, “The videos include a lot of things are that are disprovable, including the timeline and specific production details. The behavior she describes is inconsistent with Nev.”