Becky Steenhoek, a former producer on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” is suing studio Warner Bros. and five other producers over alleged sexual harassment that she was a victim of while working on the reality franchise.
In a complaint naming Warner Bros., NZK Productions, Elan Gale, Peter Scalettar, Bennett Graebner, and Jacqueline Naz Perez, Steenhoek claims she was “wrongfully terminated for complaining about the hostile work environment that the Defendants created by pervasive and persistent sexual inquiries and language directed at her by the show’s Executive Producers and Cast Producers.”
Steenhoek worked as a segment producer on “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” from 2014 to 2016. She claims that during her time working on “The Bachelor,” she was asked multiple demeaning questions by producers on the show related to her vagina and anal sex.
In a statement Monday, Warner Bros. said, “We take all allegations of workplace harassment very seriously. These allegations were brought to our attention and were thoroughly investigated earlier this year. Our findings did not support the plaintiff’s characterization of the events claimed to have taken place, which is why we are disappointed by the filing of this lawsuit.”
Steenhoek’s lawsuit follows controversy around the franchise this summer when production was shut down on spinoff “Bachelor in Paradise” after a crew member complained of inappropriate behavior on set. A Warner Bros. investigation found that the claim had no merit and production later resumed.