Work on the upcoming ninth season of MTV’s reality TV series Are you the chosen one? was put on hold following a Daily beast story 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 suspended production / casting to independently investigate the allegations, the third-party production company and further review our internal security protocols,” an MTV spokesperson said in a statement. communicated.
In the story, Hammer claims she took anti-anxiety medication when she joined Season 5 of the series, filming in the Sunday Republic. She details the events of one night while filming at an alcohol-fueled casting party. Hammer alleges that the producers gave her extra sleepiness from her meds after she had a confrontation with another cast member despite her protests that the drug should not be mixed with alcohol. She alleges she passed out after this, but other candidates later told her that they had to pull her out of a bed she was in with a male member because they heard her say no”. Hammer claims the producers allowed the male contestant to stay on the show after the incident. Are you the chosen one ?, which had been the cast for next season, is produced by Lighthearted Entertainment.
Hammer had been referring to his experience on social media for some time. According to sources, MTV had carried out two internal reviews, the last of which was in February 2021. Now, the network will use an independent third party to investigate the incident.