Becky Steenhoek, a former producer with The Bachelor reality show, is suing Warner Bros., the show’s production company and five producers for alleged sexual harassment.
Steenhoek, 31, spoke extensively to The Los Angeles Times about the complaint, which was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court. In the interview, she alleged that she was asked “graphic personal questions,” including about her sex life, during Jo-Jo Fletcher’s season of the Bachelor. She was let go by the show, according to the newspaper.
The Bachelor, one of television’s most popular franchises, has not responded to Steenhoek’s claims. It’s but the latest producer-related controversy for the franchise and its spinoffs; a producer’s complaint had led to allegations that the show did not stop inappropriate sexual behavior during Bachelor in Paradise last season.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Steenhoek Claims She Was Asked Graphic Questions & Says She’s From a Christian Household
Steenhoek claims she was asked questions like “How often do you masturbate? Do you own sex toys/dildos? Have you ever had anal sex? Do you enjoy giving hand jobs? Is your vagina shaved? Do you have a landing strip? Has a man ever got your ‘taco’ talking?” according to TMZ.
She claimed that the questions were “designed to embarrass her” because of her “conservative views,” TMZ reports. Her LinkedIn page says she worked as a “segment producer” for NZK Productions starting in October 2014. That’s the production company behind The Bachelor.
2. Steenhoek Moved Back to Texas After the Show Left Her Go
3. Steenhoek Previously Worked as a Private Nanny
On LinkedIn, Steenhoek says that she previously worked as a private nanny. She was employed in a private household in Santa Monica, California from 2011 to 2013, she wrote, describing her duties as “Primary care-giver of 15 year old boy with special needs. Bathe, feed, and engage in therapeutic exercises and activities with child. Pick up children from school and prepare meals. Occasional overnight/weekend stays. Light assistant work such as grocery shopping and running of errands.”
She also spent less than a year as a nanny in another private household. “Cared for three children (ages 3 mo, 2 yrs, 4 yrs) and planned daily activities. Got children dressed in the morning, prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner, drove to school, bathed children, and put down for nap and bedtime. Read stories, painted, played legos and games, built forts, went to the park, and ran errands,” she wrote. She wrote that she also worked as a nanny for an ambassador.
4. Steenhoek Previously Worked as a Production Assistant & Went to College in Iowa
Steenhoek was also an assistant to the CEO and a production assistant for a company called Sports Arc. She wrote on Linkedin that she “Managed the office & scheduled meetings. Interacted with current/ potential clients & answered telephone calls. Production assistant for the movie The Hopeful. Worked combines & casting calls.”
On LinkedIn, she said that she attended the University of Iowa for two years, receiving a BA in psychology.
5. Bachelor in Paradise Was Also Hit With Sex-Related Allegations From a Producer
Allegations from a producer about the spin off Bachelor in Paradise led to a temporary shut down in production after a producer complained about alleged sexual activity between two of the contestants that occurred in an alcohol-fueled environment.