Whenever a new batch of contestants for the Bachelor/Bachelorette are announced old skeletons come out of the closet. It’s typically surface level gossip like a contestant’s ex will spill some tea or some embarrassing old photos will get out. Occasionally the issues will be greater, like being a racist. But Becca’s Bachelorette season seems to be riddled with problematic contestants.
First off there was the whole Garrett Instagram liking fiasco. Garrett, who earned the first impression rose, has liked some pretty horrible Instagram memes from an alt-right page. The memes were sexist, homophobic, transphobic and calling Parkland School shooting survivor David Hogg a crisis actor. He apologized, but still, it’s so bad.
Colton went out with Bachelor contestant Tia. This caused drama because it seems that Colton signed up for the show thinking Tia would be The Bachelorette.
Now we have Lincoln. First off before the show even started Reddit exposed Lincoln to be a floor pooper. But now Reality Steve, the resident Bachelor franchise gossip king, and Ashley Spivey found out something much worse about Lincoln. He was charged with indecent assault and battery two years ago.
On Monday, June 11 Steve received a tip that Lincoln was in court in Boston pleading a sexual misconduct charge. Steve and Spivey looked into the tip and sure enough, it turns out to be true. Spivey said that it took her only one hour to research and contact the proper officials to confirm this information.
She contacted Massachusetts District Attorney’s office about Lincoln’s recent court hearing. The Press Secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, Jake Wark emailed her back with information about Lincoln’s legal woes. His full response reads:
“Mr. Adim was convicted on May 21, 2018 of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship early on May 30, 2016. He was sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with that term suspended for a two-year probationary period. The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years. If he complies with the judge’s orders, he will not have to serve out his term, but if he fails to comply with those orders or re-offends, he could be ordered to serve out the year behind bars.”
Spivey looked into the state’s law regarding indecent assault and battery and based on the law if you’re convicted you’ll have to register as a sex offender.
Not only is this news disturbing but it’s shocking that Lincoln was allowed on the show in the first place. Steve and Spivey both stress how ABC and casting for the show needs to do better during their selection process.
Supposedly the show has a detailed vetting process for contestants and it’s super cutthroat to get on the show. Potential candidates have to fill out an 800 questionnaire, get an STD test, have a psych evaluation and much more.
I hope everyone will take the time to read @RealitySteve’s column today. I am honestly horrified that Lincoln, who was charged with indecent assault and battery, was allowed to go on the show. I do not understand how a serious crime like this was missed during background checks
— Ashley Spivey (@AshleySpivey) June 13, 2018
But clearly, a simple standard background check is not part of this “crazy” and “detailed” process to get on the show. The most recent bouts of “How did casting not catch this?” are mostly from social media. It’s obvious that the show isn’t mining potential suitors social media pasts to catch sketchy stuff. But a run-in with the law and being charged with sexual misconduct is serious.
There isn’t a good reason casting could have for missing this glaring detail.