Title: “Love Is Blind Contestant Alleges Sexual Assault in Lawsuit Against Production Companies”
Tran Dang, a former contestant on the popular Netflix series “Love Is Blind,” has filed a lawsuit against production companies Kinetic Content and Delirium TV, claiming she was sexually assaulted by her former fiancé Thomas Smith during the filming of Season 5. The lawsuit also includes allegations of false imprisonment and negligence on the part of the production companies.
In response to the claims, Kinetic Content and Delirium TV have denied any wrongdoing, asserting that they have no knowledge or control over what happens in private living spaces when filming is not taking place. They also emphasized that participants are free to end their journey at any time.
Chris Coelen, the creator and CEO of Kinetic Content, has personally dismissed the allegations, stating that the production team was never informed that Dang felt unsafe during her time on the show. However, Dang contends that the alleged sexual assault occurred on May 3, 2022, during a vacation trip to Mexico, and that the acts may have been captured on film due to the 24-hour surveillance of the cast members.
Smith’s attorney has responded on behalf of his client, vehemently denying the allegations and opting not to provide further comment on the ongoing litigation.
Moreover, Dang has also claimed that she experienced harassment from Smith during a phone call on May 14, 2022, and alleges that she made multiple attempts to notify producers before deciding to quit. However, she claims she was coerced into filming a final scene despite her protests.
Adding to the controversy, Dang further alleges that she was confined to her hotel room without permission to leave, a rule that Coelen has previously defended as necessary to protect the integrity of the experiment.
Variety reached out to both Dang and Smith’s attorney for comments, but neither immediately responded.
The lawsuit serves as a potential blow to the reputation of “Love Is Blind” and raises questions about the duty of care owed by production companies towards the mental and physical well-being of contestants. As the litigation unfolds, the outcome will undoubtedly shape the future of reality TV show production and the treatment of participants.
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