Nev Schulman has been accused of sexual misconduct and Catfish has been temporarily suspended pending an investigation. The name of the accuser has not been officially released, but several sources, including Page Six, are saying it is Ayissha Morgan, 20, a former guest on Catfish from Season 4. On YouTube, she posted two videos accusing an unnamed host and a production assistant of sexual harassment and misconduct, and she previously named Catfish as the show in a Facebook post from a January. MTV has temporarily suspended the television show pending an investigation. It’s not known yet if the suspension is stemming from Morgan’s accusations.
Here is what you need to know about Morgan. This is a developing story.
1. Ayissha Morgan Made the Accusations on Her YouTube Channel
Ayissha Morgan has made two YouTube videos accusing a show she was on three years ago of sexual misconduct. She did not name the people she was accusing, but some sources have said this is about Catfish since she appeared on the show three years ago. Instead, she referred to the two main people on the show as “Jack” and “John.” You can see part one of her video above.
“This video I’ve done three times…,” she started by saying. “I had so many different opinions in my ear… I wanted to really figure out what I wanted to do and how I wanted to approach the situation before I put the video out… I decided to change the name and just put in the title The Truth… With the show still being on the air and so many girls still doing the show, I’d feel like a **** if something happened and I hadn’t said anything.”
She emphasized that she was not interested in money and was doing just fine financially.
Morgan has accused “Jack” (whom Page Six says is Schulman, but MTV has not confirmed) and an unnamed female production assistant of sexual misconduct while she was on Catfish three years ago. She shared her allegations on a two-part series for her YouTube channel. You can watch Part 2 below.
Morgan said she was uncomfortable when “Jack” was constantly complimenting her and saying things like “You look like a doll” and “You’re so pretty.” She claims that he constantly questioned whether she was a lesbian, asking if she might be bisexual, and trying to get her to go on a date. The other male on the show, “John,” told him he needed to calm down and back off. She said that on the episode, she was sitting as far on the edge of the couch as she could because she was so uncomfortable being near him.
She said that she was already in such a difficult, vulnerable time, and all his non-stop questions made her feel even worse. Morgan said that at first she thought he was just trying to make her laugh, but the questions were too persistent after awhile.
“You have a border … to where you’re just being thirsty, and then you’re being really perverse.”
She said that line was crossed at the Houston airport. He kept asking questions and acting completely different than how he appeared on TV. She said that while there, “Jack” said things like “I just don’t think you’ve met the right guy yet, Do you think I’m attractive? … Have you ever had sex with a guy? I think you should try it…” along with other harassing statements.
Once they arrived at the hotel, “Jack” mentioned they could hang out later. She thought he meant the entire group, but instead he came over to her room by himself and at one point asked her, “Do you want to cuddle?” She said no, asked him to leave, and he left. But then she started getting comments on her social media pictures all night long from him.
She also said that during filming, a female production assistant came to her hotel room with two pitchers of beer and they talked for a few hours. Morgan said the beer made her feel “drugged.” “The way this beer hit me was so crazy… Maybe it was just strong beer… It hit me like something I’ve never experienced before.” But, she added, she definitely was not going to say that the assistant drugged her. The beers might have just been very strong.
Morgan said the production assistant convinced her to go to her hotel room, saying there were two beds when there was only one.
“The last thing I remember … is the drunk hitting me like a ton of rocks,” she said. “It was like I was drunk off my ***.” She said it was the kind of drunk where you can’t really control your body, and it was scary.
Morgan said she woke up to the assistant on top of her. At this point, Morgan did not go into more details. She said due to the nature of the allegations, she was going to leave the details out of the video. The next day, Morgan said the crew was making fun of her. She also claimed that “Jack” questioned her about her night with the assistant, asking why it wasn’t him.
Some on the YouTube comments asked Morgan: “Is Jack the one who created the show ? The main host?” and she said yes.
2. She Didn’t Name ‘Catfish’ in Her YouTube Video, But She Did Name The Show on a Facebook Post in January
Morgan was careful not to name Catfish or anyone on the show in her YouTube videos, referring to people by pseudonyms. But she did name Catfish in a Facebook post from January.
She wrote, in part: “Last year I was so depressed. I felt like I had no purpose. … I was at a low point. My relationship was rocky. Today, I’m so blessed. In a healthy marriage, skin glowing, lash business booming, me and my wife’s gym is booming. My wife is happy, she’s motivated, I’m motivated. ALL GLORY TO GOD. I could cry, I came from serious depression y’all, I tried to mask it in any way I could. I wanted to die. Y’all don’t even know. When y’all look at my catfish episode, y’all see the episode itself, when I look at it, I see the breakdown I had in my hotel an hour before I had to film, I locked myself in my room, the producers had to intervene. The sexual abuse I encountered during filming broke me down, & sent me into depression. 2 and a half years later and I’m living my best life. If you’re struggling with depression, message me. I will help you in any way I can. “
It was unclear at the time if she was referring to abuse from the filming itself or from the person who was Catfishing her.
3. Nev Schulman Said the Behavior Described in a Video Didn’t Happen & Colleagues Who Were Present Will Back Him Up
Schulman has denied the accusations, Page Six reported. In a statement, he said: “The behavior described in this video did not happen and I’m fortunate that there are a number of former colleagues who were present during this time period who are willing to speak up with the truth. I have always been transparent about my life and would always take responsibility for my actions — but these claims are false.”
A former crew member of Catfish told Page Six: “I have a lot of doubts, probably because she over the years has remembered a lot of the basics wrong. A lot of that just couldn’t have happened the way that she said it.”
The crew member said Schulman would flirt when he was between relationships, but never did anything like that. “That just isn’t his style.”
In a statement, an MTV spokesperson said: “We take these allegations very seriously. We’re working with Critical Content, our third party production company, to conduct a thorough investigation.”
The seventh season of Catfish ended in March, but future production is now on hiatus pending an investigation. The Daily Beast reported that in 2014, Schulman came under fire after it was revealed he had punched a woman in the face while in college. He confirmed the rumors in his memoir, saying it happened when he was filming the school’s Sleaze Ball, and a woman was mad and didn’t want him taking pictures. He said she tackled him and smashed his camera. He wrote: “I found myself in a very unpleasant situation, much like a dog with a choke collar. In an effort to free myself, I punched the person and ran off; when I returned minutes later, I discovered that the short, stocky, crew-cut-styled individual that I’d fought with was a woman—a fact I hadn’t been aware of in the heat of the moment. The next thing I knew, I’d been arrested. The case was dismissed almost immediately, but Sarah Lawrence took the opportunity to toss me out once and for all.”
The woman, however, disputed that report, saying she didn’t tackle or choke him, but he hit her “out of nowhere” after she tapped his shoulder.
4. On Season 4 of ‘Catfish,’ Morgan Learned Her Catfish Was Keeping Tabs on Her with Multiple Profiles
Ayissha Morgan appeared on Season 4 Episode 16 of Catfish in 2015. The episode was titled “Sydney and Ayissha.” In the episode, Morgan, who lives in California, came to Catfish for help because she had been in an online relationship for 10 years. She said they never video chatted because Morgan wasn’t interested, but Sydney wouldn’t meet her when she moved back to LA and kept making excuses.
But then they got in an argument, and Morgan said she went to a party and kissed another girl. Things started getting creepy when she got texts that led her to believe Sydney was watching her. Then Sydney sent her a different photo and revealed that she was really Whitney. Things continued to get strange, and it was eventually revealed that Whitney had multiple fake profiles to keep tabs on Morgan. When they met, Morgan learned that Whitney wasn’t the girl from any of the photos. She’s 26 and has eight to 10 fake profiles. She said she never came clean with the truth because she didn’t think Morgan would accept her, but now she’s in a relationship with someone else.
Whitney admitted to lying to Morgan — lies that caused her to miss finals and hurt her studies. Whitney ultimately apologized, saying she knew she treated Morgan wrong, and she was reacting from her past when she was beaten and bullied. Morgan accepted her apology, but they did not resume contact after the show.
5. Ayissha Morgan Is Now Married & Says Her Life Is Great
In July 2017, Ayissha Morgan married Ashley Morgan, after they got engaged in February. The engagement announcement was her first public post on Facebook. Ashley Morgan owns a personal training business and studied nutrition at Cal Poly Pomona, according to her Facebook page.
Her wife Ashley’s business is called Bad Ash Training, and Ashley often hosts events like 5k runs, boot camp training, and writes motivational posts on her Facebook page like this one:
On Ashley’s webpage, which is currently down, she wrote about her business: “You are sick and tired of not seeing results and feeling uncomfortable with your personal fitness trainer or your gym. At BAD ASH Personal Training and Nutrition, we make it our top priority to listen to you and to understand your challenges. Gyms can be frustrating, so is sharing one with people who are trying to make it a night club rather than a fun, healthy workout space with people you aren’t afraid to call friends. Believe us, we’ve been there! That is why it is our priority to be a gym first: NO fashion show, NO make-up, NO perfect hair, just fun, fat burning FUN workouts with friends.”
On her Facebook page, Ayissha Morgan has happily posted about how great her life is and how wonderful her wife is. She works as a manger at PacSun, according to her page, and lives in Long Beach, California. But she has also posted about opening a lash studio and enjoying being her own boss.
In March, she posted that she and her wife saw someone’s car break down, and her wife got out and pushed the car even though she had a broken hand. No one tried to help. Morgan wrote:
“Today my wife and I saw someone’s car break down in the intersection, my wife pushed their car with a broken hand, and we then put gas in their car to get home. No one else helped push the car. A WOMAN pushed the car while I held our dog. Not like my wife needed help but to see all those men drive around made me sick. Then I was sitting in my car outside of stater bros waiting for my wife to grab a few things when this guy asked to clean my windows for money, I didn’t have cash but I called my wife to tell her to get cash back when she checked out, and to grab him a cold drink. When she came out I payed him, gave him the drink and a few motivational words.”
But she wasn’t posting to complain. She said that she believed these things were happening so they could help others.
“Moral of the story is I feel like lately god has been placing people in me and my wife’s path because he knows our hearts.”