“The Actual Housewives of Potomac” has suspended filming with Michael Darby amid information he is been charged with groping a cameraman.
In a press release to Fox Information, Bravo stated: “Bravo has complete insurance policies and pointers referring to the security of solid and crew which manufacturing firms are required to observe, along with their very own protocols they’ve in place.”
“We take all allegations severely after which proceed accordingly with our producing companions,” the assertion continued. “Bravo and Actually Authentic, the manufacturing firm for ‘The Actual Housewives of Potomac,’ have suspended filming with Michael Darby.”
Actually Authentic, which produces the sequence, additionally launched a press release, noting that its “primary precedence is the security of our workers, contractors, distributors and others that work with us.”
“We take all allegations of sexual and different misconduct severely, and have stringent insurance policies, in addition to coaching, in place to cope with all worker points,” the assertion learn.
“Instantly upon studying of those allegations, we commenced an intensive inside evaluate and, per our protocol, took all applicable steps to make sure the protected working setting and protected discussion board for communication for everybody related to the manufacturing. The evaluate is ongoing and we aren’t in a position to remark additional.”
WRC-TV in Washington studies that the cameraman stated in charging paperwork that the present was filming in Potomac, Maryland, on Sept. 1 when Darby “grabbed and groped” his bottom.
“As I circled he smiled and gave me a flirtatious look,” the cameraman alleges within the paperwork.
The cameraman says he advised Darby to cease after which advised his supervisor. He pressed costs three days later.
In keeping with WRC-TV, Darby was charged with one depend of second-degree assault and one depend of fourth-degree sexual contact. He’s going through a most of 11 years in jail if convicted.
Court docket paperwork additionally confirmed that the cameraman filed for a restraining order towards Darby citing each the Sept. 1 incident and one other alleged assault from August however the restraining order was denied.
The 59-year-old Darby is married to Ashley Darby. Each are solid members of the Bravo present filmed within the Washington space.
Darby’s conduct got here into query throughout the Bravo actuality present when castmember Gizelle Bryant expressed concern after seeing Darby “squeezing” one other “Housewife’s” boyfriend’s butt.
Ashley Darby defended her husband on the TV present saying it was a “joke.”
Darby advised Bravo.com after the episode aired that he “playfully touched” the person’s butt.
The Related Press contributed to this report.