There’s legal trouble brewing in Bachelor Nation again, but this time, it involves someone outside of the franchise. According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, The Bachelorette season 12 and Bachelor in Paradise season three alum Chad Johnson is suing a movie producer for her behavior toward him.
According to the documents, Johnson is suing Sunset Studios and producer Christina Cimino for sexual misconduct, fraud and emotional distress. Cimino allegedly contacted Johnson via Instagram in March 2018 and said she wanted to help him break into the movie business. She allegedly offered Johnson $11 million for two films, Us reports.
However, the court documents claim that Cimino became “progressively more sexual and provocative” as time went on. Johnson alleges in the lawsuit that Cimino retracted her movie offers when he refused her sexual advances; he also alleges that she sent him inappropriate text messages and lied about them consensually making out and about him grabbing her butt.
One of the alleged messages reads, “Hey wanna come over later? Clothing is optional, nakedness is preferable.” Us reports that Cimino later claimed she sent this message to the wrong recipient.
There’s no word on a response to the lawsuit from either Sunset Studios or Cimino.
Johnson was quickly cast as “the villain” during JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette, but he made it to the Bachelor in Paradise set for season three. Us reports that after just one night in Mexico filming for the show, Johnson was sent home for insulting his fellow cast members while drunk. Since then, he’s starred in Famously Single and on the U.K.’s Celebrity Big Brother. His IMDb page lists a recently completed film and an upcoming guest spot on TV.
Sexual misconduct claims are serious business. We applaud Johnson for speaking up about his experiences and hope the suit falls in his favor.