An investigation conducted by ABC into sexual assault allegations raised against The Bachelorette contestant Uzoma “Eazy” Nwachukwu was ruled “inconclusive,” Heavy has learned from the woman making the accusations.
The allegations first came to light in October 2020, when a woman said in a series of tweets that she had a non-consensual sexual encounter with Nwachukwu. “I will not stand by quietly anymore, while this aggressor is paraded around on this show as a ‘stand up guy’ or as the ‘comic,’” she wrote in one tweet. She later deleted the thread at the recommendation of legal counsel, she said.
Spoilers expert Reality Steve — after hearing the allegations from the woman firsthand — said that he didn’t think Nwachukwu would be seen on the Bachelor franchise again. He reported later in October 2020 that the woman “spoke with the legal team of NZK Productions this past Friday for 90 minutes, and told them everything she told me about a prior experience with Eazy. So now the show is 100% aware of allegations against him.”
The woman — who wishes to remain anonymous — told Heavy that in addition to the conversation she had with The Bachelorette’s production team, the legal team also spoke with Nwachukwu about the allegations.
“That’s why it’s he said, she said,” she told Heavy. “He said consensual, I said not. … I told them I spoke my truth so I can no longer carry guilt, if something happens from here, it’s not on me, it’s on them.”
Heavy has reached out to ABC for comment.
Nwachukwu Has Been a Comic Relief Contestant on ‘The Bachelorette’
WARNING: IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW ANY SPOILERS FROM ‘THE BACHELORETTE,’ DO NOT KEEP READING.
In the first half of The Bachelorette, Nwachukwu’s role has been that of a comedian in the background. While the romantic connections of other contestants have been highlighted, footage of Nwachukwu’s conversations with Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams has rarely made it to air.
It’s impossible to know if that’s a decision made by ABC in light of the allegations made against him, but his role on the show is expected to change in episode eight.
A preview showed Nwachukwu on what appears to be a haunted house-themed one-on-one date with Adams. He’s even shown saying, “I honestly feel like I’m falling in love with you.”
But the fairytale ending is not in the cards for Nwachukwu. Reality Steve has already revealed the final four contestants, and he is not on the list. There were 12 men remaining after episode seven, so his days on the show are numbered and episode eight is expected to be his last.
Nwachukwu’s Time With the Bachelor Franchise Is Likely Through
Typically, a character like Nwachukwu, who entertains the crowd with jokes but fails to find love, would be perfect for Bachelor in Paradise. But now he would be a problematic choice for ABC, for obvious reasons.
Bachelor in Paradise is the franchise’s summertime spin-off that pairs up former contestants of both The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. With, as Chris Harrison described it to Entertainment Tonight, “an embarrassment of riches of people” available for ABC to choose from, casting Nwachukwu on the show would be surprising, regardless of whether the network’s investigation was ruled inconclusive.