Gianna Hammer — who appeared on Season 5 of MTV’s reality TV show “Are You the One?” — alleges she was drugged by production and sexually assaulted by an unnamed castmate.
On Sunday, Hammer spoke about her claims with The Daily Beast after she had previously alluded to her alleged assault in past social media posts, and came forward with her story in a recent TikTok video.
“I spent all these years not saying anything while it aired and while it was still fresh in everyone’s minds because I was scared,” Hammer told the outlet. “I might as well just come out with it and share my experience. [It’s] lifted a lot off my shoulders. I felt like it’s not something that I have to carry on my back in secret or feel ashamed that it happened.”
While filming in the Dominican Republican in the fall of 2016, the now-25-year-old — who says she was put on a low dosage of the antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication Zoloft a few months before joining the show — claims the medication was administered to her first thing in the morning by a local medic. Hammer says she normally took it right before bed at night and never experienced any blackouts.
“Their logic was that I wasn’t on too much of it,” Hammer recalls. “So, if I took it early in the morning, it wouldn’t really affect me later in the night.”
After one themed party, Hammer says she got extremely intoxicated from alcohol and got into a verbal altercation with a male cast member.
“That’s when the producers took me away into our confessional room,” Hammer alleges, adding that some other cast members were brought along with her.
“They had walked back into the confessional room with me and that was when the three producers said that I needed to calm down and that they were going to give me one of my medications. This part of the night is something I remember more clearly than anything else,” she alleges.
“I know that my castmates said that I kept telling them, ‘I’m not supposed to do this when I’m drinking. I’m not supposed to do this when I’m drinking.’ They still said it was okay, they said it wasn’t a high enough dosage or something. So, I took it.”
Hammer says this alleged conversation was one of the last things she remembered. When she woke up the next morning, she said she felt off.
After she says producers told her to come to the media tent, they asked her “if I remember anything that happened last night. I said no.”
“They kind of start going over what had happened… and that’s when I started really thinking and seeing some type of flashes.”
Hammer alleges producers initially denied giving her a pill but later admitted to it as they were trying to calm her down.
“They kind of like downplayed everything else,” Hammer alleges.
Hammer says she was told she had gotten into bed with a male co-star and other contestants eventually heard her saying “no” to the castmember. She says producers stressed that “nothing happened” but because Hammer was uncomfortable, other castmates pulled her out of the bed.
“I kind of just sat there,” Hammer said. “I was really just shaking. I didn’t know how to react to that situation. Immediately after that, I think we had a pause, and then their next question was, ‘Do you want him kicked out, kicked off the show?’”
“I sat there, not even answering right away. I was staring at them, like, you just told me that this happened and I don’t remember it, now you want me to make this decision?”
When Hammer asked the producers what they thought should happen to the male co-star in question, she said they made a comment, saying, “‘He flew all the way out here, we did all this testing for him, he has a perfect match in this house, it would be a lot to send him back, he’d have to spend the rest of the time in a hotel by himself.’”
Hammer says she was unsure how to respond to this as she couldn’t remember the incident and didn’t want to be the reason he was kicked off the show.
Hammer says producers eventually made the male co-star sleep on a couch and cut off booze for both him and Hammer.
“That was pretty much all that happened with that,” she said.
Hammer also claims she signed paperwork that stipulated she could not talk about the incident, which would never be shown. Hammer claims that other cast members who witnessed the alleged incident were told they were prohibited from talking about it as well.
The Daily Beast says they spoke with five other cast members on the record, all of whom confirmed parts of Hammer’s story.
As for the male cast member, Hammer says she has conflicting feelings about him.
“I didn’t know how to feel about it and there’s still a part of me that I still don’t know how to feel about it,” Hammer explains. “I do have anger for him, but I guess I just won’t ever feel like he had a malicious intention. I don’t think this was something he planned to do.”
In response to the story, an MTV spokesperson told the publication that the network has paused production on the show’s upcoming season. They have also pulled Hammer’s season from streaming platforms.
“We take these issues very seriously and have paused production/casting to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations, the third party production company and further review our internal safety protocols,” the representative said.
Production company Lighthearted Entertainment said they will cooperate with an investigation but deny Hammer’s allegations, including her claim that she was made to sign an NDA.
“We are confident that any review will confirm the safety procotols [sic] that we have long had in place on the sets of ‘Are You The One?’” they said. “We deny the allegations made by the former contestant; throughout the eight seasons of the show, no contestant has reported an incident of sexual assault to Lighthearted.”
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.