A contestant on the current season of The Bachelorette is also a convicted criminal. Lincoln Adim is currently competing for Becca Kufrin's heart.
Not The Best Track Record
As per TMZ, Adim was charged with a sex crime just a week before the latest season of the spinoff reality show hit screens.
According to a source in law enforcement, during the alleged incident, Adim grabbed the woman's hands and put them on his chest and stomach against her will. He also, allegedly, groped her breasts and grinded on her. The incident occurred aboard a cruise ship called Spirit of Boston back in 2016.
Bachelorette contestant Adim had an indecent assault and battery conviction on May 21. The season on which he's currently starring began on May 28. According to law enforcement officials, authorities sentenced Adim to 12 months in prison, but his term was suspended for a two-year probationary period.
The order requires him to stay away from the woman in question, and to attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during the two year period. Adim also has to register as a sex offender. Failure to comply with the judge's terms could land him behind bars.
He hasn't been eliminated in the first few weeks of the hit reality show, meaning he's still among the batch of contestants vying for Becca Kufrin's heart.
The 26-year-old from Nigeria is one of 28 men competing for the current Bachelorette. He is a sales executive currently living in L.A. Adim resided in Boston as a teenager, before moving to Kentucky for college.
Producer Warner Bros. TV responded to news of his conviction Wednesday evening.
"No one on The Bachelorette production had any knowledge about the incident or charges when Lincoln Adim was cast, and he himself denied ever having engaged in or having been charged with any sexual misconduct," reads the statement in part.
Background checks conducted on the then-prospective contestant didn't flag anything, which Warner Bros. TV is now investigating.
A Season Awash With Controversy
Adim's conviction is the second drama in the first few weeks of the current season. Early frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen was heavily criticized for offensive social media behavior, leading to questions about the show's vetting process.
He was found to have liked several posts mocking the trans community, a Parkland high school shooting survivor, undocumented migrants, and more.
On the previous season, headed by Rachel Lindsay, a contestant's racist tweets were discovered while the show was airing. This led to its vetting process reportedly being altered.
Current Bachelorette Kufrin began the season under a cloud of controversy. Then-Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. dumped her on air and she became the lead in the spinoff series.
Luyendyk Jr. proposed to Kufrin on the show before changing his mind, dumping her on air, and then proposing to his second choice, Lauren Burnham, on the finale special.