ABC Releases Statement on “Bachelorette” Contestant’s Indecent Assault and Battery Conviction

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In case you missed it, a contestant on Becca Kufrin’s current season of “The Bachelorette,” Lincoln Adim, was found guilty of indecent assault and battery after groping a woman on a cruise ship on May 21, days before the premiere of the show. 

“The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years,” the Press Secretary of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office said. “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. By law, he is expected to register as a sex offender.”

While Becca has yet to respond to the news being made public, Warner Bros. has finally released a statement, according to E! News.:

“No one on The Bachelorette production had any knowledge about the incident or charges when Lincoln Adim was cast, and he himself denied ever having engaged in or having been charged with any sexual misconduct. We employ a well-respected and highly experienced third party who has done thousands of background checks consistent with industry standards to do a nationwide background check in this case.  The report we received did not reference any incident or charge relating to the recent conviction – or any other charges relating to sexual misconduct. We are currently investigating why the report did not contain this information, which we will share when we have it.”