Another controversy has hit ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” after the show was rocked earlier this season by an uproar over contestant Garrett Yrigoyen’s offensive social media behavior.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that a contestant currently appearing on the show was convicted of indecent assault and battery in May in connection with a 2016 incident in Boston.
“Lincoln Adim, one of 28 men competing on Becca Kufrin’s cycle of the reality dating competition, was convicted of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship, according to a statement from the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office,” the publication reports. “Adim, 26, was convicted on May 21 — one week before ‘The Bachelorette’ premiered — and sentenced to one year in a house of correction. The incident in question occured May 30, 2016.”
THR quotes the D.A.’s statement saying: “The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years. If he complies with the judge’s orders, he will not have to serve out his term, but if he fails to comply with those orders or re-offends, he could be ordered to serve out the year behind bars. By law, he is expected to register as a sex offender.”
The report notes that on the previous cycle of “The Bachelorette,” featuring Rachel Lindsay, racist tweets surfaced from one contestant, prompting the show to declare that it would change its vetting process.