11:40am PT by Jackie Strause
'Bachelorette' Contestant Lincoln Adim Convicted of Indecent Assault and Battery
A contestant currently appearing on ABC's The Bachelorette was convicted of indecent assault and battery last month stemming from a 2016 incident in Boston, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Lincoln Adim, one of 28 men competing on Becca Kufrin's cycle of the reality dating competition, was convicted of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship, according to a statement from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office.
Adim, 26, was convicted on May 21 — one week before The Bachelorette premiered — and sentenced to one year in a house of correction. The jail term was suspended for a two-year probationary period. The incident in question occurred May 30, 2016.
"The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years," read the statement. "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."
The show's producer Warner Bros. TV responded to the revelation on Wednesday evening, denying knowledge of the conviction.
"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," the statement reads. "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."
The news is the second controversy to hit the current season. In the show's debut week, early frontrunner Garrett Yrigoyen came under fire for offensive social media behavior, spurring conversation about the long-running show's vetting process. On the last cycle of The Bachelorette with Rachel Lindsay, racist tweets from a contestant were unearthed while the show was airing, ultimately causing the series to announce a change in its vetting process after that season concluded.
The Bachelorette is currently three weeks into its season. The cycle began filming in March and wrapped mid-May. The competition eliminates contestants each week and Adim, a Nigerian-born sales executive who resides in Los Angeles, is still in the competition. According to his ABC bio, Adim moved to Boston when he was a teenager and later attended college in Kentucky.
The Bachelorette airs its next episode on Monday.
ABC declined comment.
June 13, 5:45 p.m.: Updated with Warner Bros. statement.