Love Is Blind producers say claims of “inhuman working conditions” are no merit

The producers of Netflix’s reality love series, Love is blind have spoken out after allegations that they alienated an “inhuman” work environment for participants.

In a statement to VarietyKinetic Content, the production company at the helm of Love is blind said ex-contestant Jeremy Hartwell’s allegations had “absolutely no profit”.

Mr Hartwell’s involvement in season 2 of Love is blind lasted less than a week, “Kinetics’ statement began.

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Love is Blind Season 2 contestant Jeremy Hartwell is suing Netflix for 'inhuman working conditions'.
Love is Blind Season 2 contestant Jeremy Hartwell is suing Netflix for ‘inhuman working conditions’. (Instagram / @jjhrtwll)

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“Unfortunately for Mr Hartwell, his journey ended early after he failed to develop a meaningful connection with any other participant.

“While we will not speculate on his motives for filing the lawsuit, there is absolutely no justification for Mr Hartwell’s allegations and we will vigorously defend ourselves against his allegations.”

Hartwell, who is the director of a mortgage company in Chicago, claims he spent several days recovering from the effects of sleep deprivation, lack of access to food and water and copious amounts of alcohol that he was given.

Love is blind Season 2 premiered on Netflix in February 2022.

In the lawsuit, filed by Hartwell, he claims that Love Is Blind producers also paid the co-stars who were below the Los Angeles County minimum wage, threatening with costly consequences if they withdrew before the show ended.

Season 1 Lovie is blind cast Matt Barnett, Amber Pike, Cameron Hamilton, Lauren Speed, Giannina Gibelli, Damian Powers and Kelly Chase
Pictured: Season 1 Love is Blind contestants Matt Barnett, Amber Pike, Cameron Hamilton, Lauren Speed, Giannina Gibelli, Damian Powers and Kelly Chase. The series was nominated for two Emmys in 2020 (Getty Images for Netflix)

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According to Hartwell’s case, the show’s contracts required participants to agree that if they left the show before filming ended, they would have to pay $ 50,000 in “liquidated compensation.”

The lawsuit claims that members of the reality show “either have a genuine fear of retaliation and damage to their reputation for any opposition to the orders of those holding the wallet, or they are not aware of their rights.”

The producers of the show “deliberately underpaid the cast members, deprived them of food, water and sleep, drowned them out with booze and cut off their access to personal contacts and most of the outside world.

“This caused contributors to hunger for social connections and changed their emotions and decision-making,” said attorney Chantal Payton of Payton Employment Law, the LA-based firm that represents Hartwell.

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Hartwell’s case seeks the status of class actions on behalf of all participants in Love is blind and other non-scripted productions created by the defendants over the past four years.

Payton Employment Law estimates the potential size of the plaintiff class to count more than 100 people.

Kinetic content, in addition Love is blindalso produces the reality shows Ultimatum: Get married or move onwhich debuted this year on Netflix, and Married at first sight USA, which was created in 2014 and aired on Lifetime and streamed on Netflix.

Not to mention, Love is blind just received a 2022 Primetime Emmy Awards nomination for a structured reality show (and earned two Emmy nominations in 2020). It has also created Brazilian and Japanese versions.

The case was filed on June 29 in the Superior Court of California for the County of Los Angeles, and the court has scheduled an inaugural status conference on September 16.

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