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Former ‘Bachelorette’ star Meredith Phillips claims she was drugged, sexually assaulted on set

By Kate Feldman • May 24, 2018 at 4:36 PM

Meredith Phillips, who starred on season 2 of “The Bachelorette” in 2004, alleged a female masseuse “roofied” and “kind of accosted” her during filming of the reality show.

Phillips claimed she had complained about being tired during filming, at which point producers sent a massage therapist to help her relax. The woman, she said, gave her an unidentified pill.

“I just assumed it was an aspirin or something to loosen up my back, or Tylenol, or something. And it definitely wasn’t that, that’s for sure,” Phillips said on the “Reality Steve” podcast hosted by Steve Carbone.

“The last thing I remember was she got naked and she was in the tub with me, and rubbing my back and rubbing areas probably she shouldn’t have. And then I was put in bed. I woke up naked. Don’t remember much.”

Phillips, who previously opened up about a battle with alcoholism, said she hadn’t been drinking that night.

“This is hard for me to talk about,” she said on the podcast. “I think I’ve put it somewhere else in my brain so when you bring this up, it’s definitely right there in the forefront as we’re speaking. I remember everything until a certain point and when the pill kicked in I literally couldn’t even move my body, so I have no idea what the pill was at all.”

The former reality star said another person on the show related a similar allegation to her, but said she never reported the incident because she “wanted to protect the franchise, which is f — ked up.”

Phillips finished the show, choosing Ian McKee in the final episode. The couple broke up a year later, calling it a mutual split.

Both ABC and production company Warner Bros. declined to comment when reached by the Daily News.

Phillips’ allegations come after scandal shook spinoff show “Bachelor in Paradise” last summer when contestant Corinne Olympios accused DeMario Jackson of sexual assault after a drunken on-camera hookup.

Production was temporarily shut down on the show before Warner Bros. announced they had found no evidence of misconduct.


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