‘Love is Blind’ contestant sues Netflix series for ‘inhumane working conditions’ | Entertainment
Jeremy Hartwell, a contestant in the second season of the Netflix reality series Love is blindfiled a lawsuit against the show’s producers, accusing them of “inhuman working conditions”.
The lawsuit, filed in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, claims the producers underpaid the contestants while depriving them of food, water and sleep and flooding them with alcohol. These factors, according to the lawsuit, “altered the cast members’ emotions and decision-making.”
Hartwell’s lawsuit names Netflix, production company Kinetic Content and Kinetic’s casting company Delirium TV as defendants. This is also a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of all Love is blind competitors and others of similar unscripted shows created by Netflix and Kinetic.
“Mr. Hartwell’s Involvement in Season 2 of Love is blind lasted less than a week. Unfortunately, for Mr. Hartwell, his journey ended early after he failed to develop a meaningful connection with another participant,” Kinetic said. Variety. “While we do not speculate on his motives for taking legal action, Mr. Hartwell’s allegations are completely unfounded and we will vigorously defend against his claims.”
Hartwell, a mortgage company manager in Chicago, says he came home after the show “feeling like a zombie.” He said he spent several days recovering from the effects of sleep deprivation and minimal food and water. The lawsuit also alleges that the contract signed by the contestants states that they must pay $50,000 in “lump sum damages” if they leave the show before filming is complete.
The first season of Love is blind premiered on February 13, 2020. The show sees contestants meet their dates in specially designed “pods” where they can talk to each other through a loudspeaker but not see each other. A couple can only meet face to face after a marriage proposal has been accepted.
Love is blind, Seasons 1 and 2, Streaming, Netflix