ABC’s “Bachelor” franchise has been hit with allegations of sexual harassment, with a current “Bachelorette” contestant being accused of misbehavior by a former “Bachelor” contestant.
The New York Post reports that former “Bachelor” contestant Bekah Martinez, 23, put the word out on Instagram this week about alleged improper behavior by current “Bachelorette” contestant Leandro “Leo” Dottavio, 31. Martinez reportedly posted the allegations in a series of screenshots.
“The screenshots begin with an Instagram post by Dottavio, dating back about four years, saying ‘you need my big d–k,'” The Post reports. “Martinez discovered the screenshot when browsing Bachelor and Bachelorette Reddit pages. She says that the screenshot of the comment has been floating around online since May.”
Dottavio reportedly has said the screenshot of his comment is photoshopped, but after it was posted by Martinez she began hearing from women who said they had experienced their own problems with Dottavio.
Martinez told The Post: “I started posting the screenshots [of their messages] because to me, it’s not a coincidence that multiple women would be saying similar things about the same person.”
The Post adds: “One Instagram user who claims to have attended college with Dottavio and performed in theater productions with him there says he’d acted ‘creepy’ to her and other women, some of them, she charged, ‘barely legal.’
“Another user says Dottavio constantly pursued her friend and sent her multiple ‘unwanted’ pictures of his genitals.”