Meredith Phillips, star of The Bachelorette‘s season 2, is claiming a feminine masseuse drugged and sexually assaulted her throughout manufacturing of the ABC present in late 2003.
Phillips made the allegations for the primary time in an episode of the Reality Steve podcast, which aired on Wednesday. PEOPLE has not independently corroborated Phillips’ declare and reps for ABC and Warner Bros. informed PEOPLE they’d “no remark” to share relating to her accusations.
Phillips didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for additional remark.
Recalling emotions of fatigue throughout the filming of season 2, Phillips alleged she was “roofied” and “sort of accosted” by an unidentified feminine therapeutic massage therapist, who she stated was employed by the present.
“I simply assumed it was an aspirin or one thing to loosen up my again, or Tylenol, or one thing. And it positively wasn’t that, that’s for certain,” Phillips stated throughout the podcast episode.
“The very last thing I bear in mind was she bought bare and he or she was within the tub with me, and rubbing my again and rubbing areas in all probability she shouldn’t have. After which I used to be put in mattress. I awoke bare. Don’t bear in mind a lot,” stated Phillips, who was on the fourth season of The Bachelor, starring Bob Guiney, and got here in third place.
As for why she didn’t report the allegations throughout her time on the present, Phillips stated she “needed to guard the franchise, which is f—ed-up.”
Phillips, who opened up about her battle with alcoholism in June 2013, stated she had not been ingesting on the time of the incident.
She talked about the incident to Actuality Steve after being requested what was the “hardest factor” she “needed to deal” with because the bachelorette.
“That is arduous for me to speak about. I believe I’ve put it some other place in my mind so if you deliver this up, it’s positively proper there within the forefront as we’re talking,” she stated. “I bear in mind every part till a sure level and when the capsule kicked in I actually couldn’t even transfer my physique, so I do not know what the capsule was in any respect.”
Phillips added, “All I do know is that I used to be informed that, ‘This can make you are feeling higher.’ ”
Although she thought-about exiting the present after the alleged incident, Phillips admitted that she needed to finish her season, throughout which she turned engaged to winner Ian McKee. (They ended their engagement a 12 months later.)
“It’s a enormous deal. I’ve labored by means of it and thrown it at the back of my thoughts. I had no management. Zero,” Phillips stated. “I believe that was the toughest half for me, that I couldn’t even elevate my arms to say no.”
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She additionally claimed that one other individual, whom she didn’t establish, confided in her a few related incident of being “roofied and in a scorching tub and sort of accosted” throughout manufacturing.
Phillips’ accusations come practically a 12 months after the Bachelor in Paradise scandal between contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.
In June, manufacturing on BiP‘s season four was briefly suspended after two present producers voiced their considerations after a sexual encounter between Olympios and Jackson was caught on digital camera.
Warner Bros. initiated an investigation of the alleged misconduct, all of the contestants have been despatched dwelling, and Olympios and Jackson each retained authorized counsel.
Over per week later, Warner Bros. introduced their investigation discovered no evidence of misconduct and confirmed that manufacturing can be resuming.
Season 14 of The Bachelorette, starring Becca Kufrin, premieres Monday at eight p.m. ET on ABC.