Bachelorette contestant Lincoln Adim was convicted of indecent assault on May 21 in Boston, Massachusetts, reports Reality Steve.
According to a statement from Jane Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, “Mr. Adim was convicted on May 21, 2018 of indecent assault and battery for groping and assaulting an adult female on a harbor cruise ship early on May 30, 2016.” The statement continued, “He was sentenced to one year in a house of correction, with that term suspended for a two-year probationary period. The judge ordered him to stay away from the victim and attend three Alcoholics Anonymous meetings per week during those two years. 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.”
Additionally, Adim will likely have to register in Massachusetts as a sex offender.
Lincoln Adim was the suitor who won the obstacle course challenge in episode two. Back at the mansion, he annoyed his fellow bachelors with his braggy ways which included brandishing a framed picture of himself with Becca. One dude, Connor, became so annoyed with him, that he smashed the photo and tossed it into the pool. Lincoln was so distressed, he was on the verge of tears, eventually tattling on Connor to Becca. Despite that childish behavior, after 3 weeks, he is still in the competition.
The big question of course, is how the producers’ contestant vetting missed something this huge. Granted, Lincoln wasn’t convicted until after the show wrapped. But the incident occured back in 2016. In its effort to cast weirdos sure to stir up drama, the Bachelor franchise producers seem to ignore big red flags time and time again. And they seem to relish publicity, whether it be positive or negative.
How does Becca feel right about now that she had been interacting with an abuser for weeks? Producers dodged a bullet with last summer’s Bachelor in Paradise incident. If they aren’t careful, somebody is gonna get hurt.
UPDATE: The Bachelorettes production company Warner Brothers Studios released the following statement:
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. 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.