"They deprived them of food, water, sleep and made them drink alcohol"

Producers of 'Love is Blind' accused of denying 'food, water and sleep'
The makers of ‘Love Is Blind’ accuse the cast of depriving them of ‘food, water and sleep’ (Photo Credits: Instagram)

Dating reality show “Love is Blind” Season 2 star Jeremy Hartwell has filed a lawsuit against Netflix and the producers of the series, saying the cast was abused during the shooting of the show.

“He deliberately underpaid artists, deprived them of food, water and sleep, made them drink alcohol and cut off their access to personal contacts and much of the outside world. This made artists hungry for social connections and their feelings and decision-making,” Hartwell’s attorney, Chantal Peyton of Los Angeles’ Peyton Employment Law, PC, said in a statement to Page Six.

“The Love Is Blind Season 2 contracts require contestants to agree that if they leave the show prior to filming, they will be penalized to pay $50,000 in ‘liquidated damages’.”

“Having 50 times what some of the actors earned during the whole time, it certainly had the potential to instill fear in the cast and enable them to control the production even more.”

According to the legal team of Love Is Blind Season 2 star Jeremy Hartwell, his lawsuit is a proposed class action on behalf of all participants in “Love is Blind” and other non-scripted productions made by Kinetic Content from 2018 to 2022. works.

In court documents obtained by Page Six, Hartwell, 36, alleged that “the only drinks that (the show) were regularly provided to the cast were alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, energy drinks and mixers.”

The Chicago native further claimed that “hydrating drinks like water were restricted to performers during the day.”

Additionally, the docs allege that ‘Love Is Blind’ contributed to the dehumanizing working conditions and altered mental state for the cast “through a combination of sleep deprivation, isolation, food shortages and alcohol overdose”. , all required, enabled or encouraged. “By production.

Hartwell further claimed in court documents that contestants were unable to contact loved ones during filming – even though this is common to many reality competition series.

“Occasionally, defendants would leave cast members alone for hours at a time, unless they had access to phones, food, or any other form of contact with the outside world, until they were allowed to work on the production. Don’t need to go back to do it,” read the document.

“The exploitative working conditions served to control the conduct of the participants and irrational behavior to be of entertainment value in the final project.”

The suit also states that the contestants of “Love Is Blind” Season 2 earned $1,000, up to $8,000 per week for the duration of filming. This amount is reportedly less than the minimum wage for the number of hours worked.

“The defendants failed and as a result of maintaining the practice of requiring class members and aggrieved staff to work twenty (20) hour days, including minimum wage and overtime hours, all worked failed to compensate for the hours, seven days per week, while he is paid a similar amount of $1,000.00 per filming week,” the documents stated.

“As a result, these workers were effectively (paid) $7.14 per hour which is less than half of the applicable minimum wage rate of $15.00 per hour, less than a third of the minimum overtime rate of $22.50 per hour.” is less, and less than one-fourth of the minimum double-time rate of $30.00 per hour in accordance with applicable Los Angeles City and County minimum wage ordinances.

Hartwell appeared on ‘Love is Blind’ along with 29 other singles in search of a potential life partner. They did not engage and did not appear on the show after the signature pods phase of the show.

Despite his complaints, Hartwell promoted the show’s second installment closer to its February 11 premiere.

He wrote in a post, “Filming for Love is Blind was one of the most profound and memorable events of my life and thanks to the journaling and reflection, it is an experience I am at peace with, regardless of the ups and downs.” without.” ,

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