Catfish’s Nev Schulman accused of sexual misconduct, production suspended

Catfish is on hold. Nev Schulman, the host and executive producer of the hit MTV show, is being investigated following allegations of sexual misconduct, Us Weekly can confirm. The Daily Beast was the first to report the news.

“We take these allegations very seriously. We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation,” MTV told Us in a statement.

The show, which began in 2012, is currently in its seventh season. The idea came from Schulman’s documentary film of the same name that he made in 2010.

In the film, he fell in love with a woman he met online, but later found out she was not who she had said she was, and he was heartbroken. On the MTV show, he and filmmaking partner Max Joseph help other couples who have met online meet in real life – some who find out that they, too, have been catfished.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: Nev Schulman attends New York City Ballet 2018 Spring Gala at Lincoln Center on May 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 15: (L-R) Nev Schulman, Laura Perlongo, and Cleo James attend the 10th Annual Shorty Awards at PlayStation Theater on April 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06: TV host /producer Nev Schulman attends ProjectArt's inaugural Los Angeles benefit reception for 'My Kid Could Do That' at The Underground Museum on April 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 25: Nev Schulman (L) and Laura Perlongo at OPENING NIGHT | ART LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY, 9TH EDITION at Barkar Hangar on January 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Art Los Angeles Contemporary)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Laura Perlongo (L) and Nev Schulman attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 17: Nev Schulman attends the Premiere Of WWE Studios' 'Birth Of The Dragon' at ArcLight Hollywood on August 17, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: Nev Schulman is seen on August 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo attend the 9th Annual Shorty Awards at PlayStation Theater on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Nev Schulman attends Supermarche Celebrates 10 years of Hustle and Films on April 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images for Supermarche)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo attend the 'Our Dream Of Water' New York Premiere at Metrograph on March 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Laura Perlongo and Nev Schulman arrive at The Art of Elysium presents Stevie Wonder's HEAVEN - Celebrating the 10th Anniversary at Red Studios on January 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Producer Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo attend IFC Films' Spirit Awards Party at 41 Ocean Club on February 25, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Nev Schulman attends the Faces Of The TCS New York City Marathon event at NYRR Media Center at the TCS New York City Marathon Pavilion on November 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo attend 'The Dressmaker' New York Screening at Florence Gould Hall Theater on September 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 04: Producer Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo attend the 'Sausage Party' New York premiere at Sunshine Landmark on August 4, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 28: Photographer Laura Perlongo (L) and producer Nev Schulman arrive at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 03: Nev Schulman (L) and Laura Perlongo attend the 'War Dogs' New York premiere at Metrograph on August 3, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 11: Nev Schulman and Laura Perlongo attend the premiere of 'The Infiltrator' at AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13 theater on July 11, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 14: Producer/actor Yaniv Schulman aka Nev Schulman, Shanee Pink arrives at the premiere of Amazon's 'The Neon Demon' at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome on June 14, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 15: Producer / TV Personality Nev Schulman attends the premiere of HBO's documentary film 'Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures' on March 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 20: TV personality Nev Schulman attends the Premiere of Warner Brothers Pictures' 'We Are Your Friends' at TCL Chinese Theatre on August 20, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 16: Producer / TV personality Nev Schulman attends the 'Desert Voices' opening exhibition at De Re Gallery on July 16, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
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The 33-year-old married longtime girlfriend Laura Perlongo in July 2017. They have one daughter, 19-month-old Cleo James.

Last year, the couple launched a Facebook Watch show called We Need to Talk. “It’s basically a show about relationships. After the last five years, obviously helping people try to find love … what do you do when you do find it and you want to keep it? You gotta work through some s–t,” he told Us in August 2017. “This is a show that’s honest and sometimes a little embarrassing, but it’s real and it’s about the things that come up when you’re a couple.”

She also added at the time that they felt extremely happy about their family. “I think we’re blessed in that when it’s work time, it’s work time and when there’s off time, you can really be off,” Perlongo said. “So you’re working for a chunk of time and then you’ve got a nice week to just hang out with her, so you really feel like you’re getting quality time. It’s not just like a couple hours a day type of thing.”

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