Filming of a reality show was halted and one of the personalities on the show was suspended after he was reportedly charged with sexual assault. TMZ reports that Michael Darby is no longer filming Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Potomac.”
Darby, the husband of cast member Ashley Darby, was charged with felony assault and misdemeanor improper sexual contact, according to TMZ.
Bravo and production company Truly Original said they have stopped shooting scenes with Michael Darby, who is accused of groping a cameraman.
“‘RHOP’ cameraman Orville Palmer claims his butt was grabbed and groped by Darby on Sept. 1 while shooting an episode, and Darby followed it up by giving him ‘a flirtatious look,'” TMZ reports.
In a statement released today, Truly Original said: “Immediately upon learning of these allegations, we commenced a thorough internal review and, per our protocol, took all appropriate steps to ensure the safe working environment and safe forum for communication for everyone associated with the production.”
Bravo said in a statement that it has “comprehensive policies and guidelines relating to the safety of cast and crew. We take all allegations seriously and then proceed accordingly with our producing partners.”
Deadline reports: “This is the second Bravo reality show star to be accused of sexual assault in recent weeks. An Orange County doctor and his girlfriend were charged September 18 with drugging and raping two women in his apartment. Grant Robicheaux, 38, appeared on an episode of the short-lived reality show ‘Online Dating Rituals of the American Male.'”