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‘Love Is Blind’ contestants pressured to movie drunk, denied meals, water: lawsuit – Nationwide

‘Love Is Blind’ contestants pressured to movie drunk, denied meals, water: lawsuit – Nationwide

A contestant from the second season of Netflix’s Love is Blind actuality collection is suing the present over what he claims have been “inhumane working situations.”

Jeremy Hartwell is suing Netflix and manufacturing firm Kinetic Content material, claiming that he and different contestants have been pressured to work 20-hour days and have been denied satisfactory water and meals whereas being plied with alcohol. He additionally claims solid members weren’t paid a good wage.

In an interview with CNN, Hartwell stated solid members have been “mainly locked within the room” for twenty-four hours straight after they arrived on set, and snacks and water have been solely doled out after hours of ready. Nonetheless, he stated, alcohol was all the time out there and producers inspired contestants to drink on an empty abdomen.

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“The mix of sleep deprivation, isolation, lack of meals, and an extra of alcohol all both required, enabled or inspired by defendants contributed to inhumane working situations and altered psychological state for the solid,” Hartwell stated in his grievance, which was obtained by Folks.

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“At instances, defendants left members of the solid alone for hours at a time with no entry to a cellphone, meals, or some other kind of contact with the skin world till they have been required to return to engaged on the manufacturing.”

Love is Blind contestants, 15 males and 15 girls, every play out of their very own isolation room and are paired with contestants in different rooms. By a collection of conversations, they determine if they’ve a reference to one other participant and, in some circumstances, get engaged and even married to a different participant with out having laid eyes on them.

A photograph of the ‘pods’ contestants work out of on the set of ‘Love is Blind.’.


Hartwell says manufacturing was closely concerned from the second contestants boarded their flights to Los Angeles.

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“We have been consistently advised to not speak to one another, to not speak about issues whereas we have been ready for folks to complete getting their luggage and get into the shuttle to be taken to orientation,” he stated.

Jeremy Hartwell, who appeared in Season 2 of ‘Love Is Blind,’ has filed a lawsuit in opposition to Netflix and the producers of the collection.

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The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court docket, claims contestants ought to have been handled as staff quite than impartial contractors beneath state regulation, as producers have been those to make all the choices about how lengthy the solid labored and the way filming was performed.

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Hartwell is searching for unpaid wages plus compensation for working additional time and lacking meal breaks and durations to relaxation. He’s additionally searching for class-action standing on behalf of all of the present’s individuals.

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He additionally addressed the lawsuit on his Instagram feed final week, posting video to thank different Love is Blind alum who’ve reached out to him to “corroborate the accounts of the grievance in an abusive atmosphere.”

Kinetic Content material responded to the lawsuit, telling Selection that there’s “completely no benefit” to the allegations.

“Mr. Hartwell’s involvement in Season 2 of Love is Blind lasted lower than one week. Sadly, for Mr. Hartwell, his journey ended early after he didn’t develop a big reference to some other participant.

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“Whereas we is not going to speculate as to his motives for submitting the lawsuit, there’s completely no benefit to Mr. Hartwell’s allegations, and we are going to vigorously defend in opposition to his claims.”

Within the lawsuit, Hartwell additionally alleges that solid members have been paid a flat price of US$1,000 per week, though they labored as much as 20 hours per day, seven days per week.

Hartwell didn’t final lengthy on the season — he solely appeared in ultimate cuts of the present — however one other contestant, Danielle Ruhl, has additionally spoken out about how she was misrepresented in Season 2, experiences Enterprise Insider.

“I begged to not be filmed throughout this delicate scenario,” Ruhl wrote on Instagram in February, speaking about how she requested producers to not movie her throughout a panic assault, however they did it anyway.

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“Nick (Ruhl’s husband whom she married after assembly him on the present) and I begged to go away as soon as we discovered how filming labored. How I used to be represented on TV shouldn’t be an correct illustration of who I’m as an individual.”

In one other Instagram story, Ruhl stated “there have been two days they stopped giving us meals and water,” and “what ur (sic) seeing is many ppl being tortured to suit a story preconceived.”

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Lawyer Chantal Payton of Payton Employment Regulation, the L.A.-based agency that’s representing Hartwell, advised NBC Information in an announcement that producers of the present “deliberately underpaid the solid members, disadvantaged them of meals, water and sleep, plied them with booze and reduce off their entry to private contacts and many of the outdoors world. This made solid members hungry for social connections and altered their feelings and decision-making.”

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Netflix has but to answer the lawsuit or Hartwell’s claims.

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