In a shocking turn of events, Tran Dang, a participant in Season 5 of “Love Is Blind,” has filed a lawsuit against Kinetic Content and Delirium TV, the production companies behind the hit Netflix series. Dang alleges she was subjected to sexual assault, false imprisonment, and negligence by her former fiancé Thomas Smith during the filming of the season.
Kinetic Content and Delirium TV promptly issued a joint statement denying the claims, asserting that the allegations lack merit. They emphasized their commitment to the safety and well-being of participants and clarified that the show does not involve continuous, round-the-clock filming. Moreover, they pointed out that Dang never reported any alleged wrongdoing during her time on the show.
Chris Coelen, the Creator and CEO of Kinetic Content, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing that if any participant had expressed feeling unsafe, immediate action would have been taken to address the concern. He emphasized that in this case, no such sentiment was conveyed to the production team.
Dang’s lawsuit outlines a distressing incident that she claims occurred during a Mexico getaway on May 3, 2022. She alleges that Smith engaged in non-consensual sexual contact, exposing himself, and subjecting her to unwanted advances.
The lawsuit further suggests that due to the extensive surveillance of cast members by the production, much of the alleged misconduct may have been captured on film. Coelen refuted this claim, emphasizing that the show does not conduct 24-hour surveillance and respects participants’ privacy.
Dang also contends that she faced harassment from Smith during a subsequent phone call on May 14, 2022, leading him to complain to producers about her. She maintains that she made multiple attempts to notify the producers and ultimately decided to quit, but was compelled to film a final scene.
Coelen countered these allegations, reiterating that any participant is free to leave the show if they choose to do so, a practice that has been exercised by previous cast members.
Finally, Dang alleges that she was restricted from leaving her hotel room without explicit permission, a measure Coelen explained as necessary to safeguard the integrity of the experiment. He clarified that this policy was not meant to infringe on participants’ freedom but rather to ensure the authenticity of the process.