Love Is Blind Contestant Sues Show After Being Raped On Camera

Posted October 8, 2023 by with 24 comments

I only used to watch the reality shows where people ate bugs and men in wigs lip synced, but apparently the “dating” reality shows with “romance” are still popular. Except, instead of romance, women are straight up being raped. On camera. Via Deadline:

Love Is Blind contestant Tran Dang has hit production companies Kinetic Content and Delirium TV with a sexual assault, false imprisonment and negligence lawsuit, claims the companies and the show’s creator are pushing back against.

Claiming she was “aggressively recruited” to appear on the hit Netflix reality series and “intentionally sequestered for two weeks” in the show’s pods by producers, Dang’s complaint alleges she was attacked by her then on-screen fiancé Thomas Smith on May 3, 2022 while in Mexico shooting Love Is Blind’s fifth season. The filing from Houston law firm Wallace & Allen LLP details that “due to Delirium TV and Kinetic Content’s 24-hour surveillance of Plaintiff and Defendant Smith, most if not all of these traumatic acts were filmed by the production crew and within their knowledge.”

Eventually leaving Love Is Blind during filming, Dang is seeking “significant damages due to Defendants’ criminal, tortious, and outrageous conduct.” Neither Dang nor Smith, who is named as a defendant, are featured in Love Is Blind‘s fifth season, which launched September 22 on Netflix.


First of all, what the fuck is an “on-screen fiancé”? As opposed to an “off-screen fiancé”? I thankfully have never seen Love Is Blind and have no idea how the competition works, but apparently there are so many other contestants, the woman and the pretend(?) fiancé who raped her can be completely edited out of the show, and it has no impact on the show’s overall “storyline” or how all the other contestants perform? I’m not asking for anyone to explain this (please don’t), but I guess it’s a testament to how worthless and rigged this garbage is. The woman wants a jury trial, but I presume Netflix will pay her off before it ever comes to that.

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