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MTV's Catfish Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Host Nev Schulman

"We take these allegations very seriously," MTV says

Tim Surette

MTV has suspended production on its docuseries Catfish following sexual misconduct allegations against its host and executive producer, Nev Schulman, according to The Daily Beast.

"We take these allegations very seriously," a spokesperson for MTV told The Daily Beast. "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.

Details on the allegations are not currently available, but Schulman does have a controversial incident from his past. In his book In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age, Schulman said he punched a woman in the head repeatedly while he was attending Sarah Lawrence College in 2006, but he was not aware his target was a woman at the time. The victim, and other students, painted a different picture of what happened, saying he assaulted the victim after the victim asked him to stop taking pictures of couples at the college's hedonistic Sleaze Ball. Schulman was kicked out of the school for the incident, but no charges were filed.

Catfish: The TV Show is an extension of the film Catfish, a documentary that followed Schulman as he pursued an online romance that turned out to be a con. The MTV series is hosted by Schulman as he follows similar stories of people being "catfished," duped into online romantic relationships by people posing as others.

Available Oct. 29: _Catfish_ Season 6