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Rachael Kirkconnell’s problematic past and her appearance during Matt James’s season of The Bachelor sent shock waves through the entire Bachelor fandom, and although backlash toward her actions has significantly died down in the time since, another Bachelor Nation controversy is brewing as we speak: Demi Burnett is now accusing of Reality Steve—the highly esteemed source for intel regarding the Bachelor franchise, its people, and beyond—of using his power and influence to make an “unwanted and unprompted sexual advance” toward her.
Before Demi opened up publicly, Bachelor star Bekah Martinez and Jess Ambrose spoke during their most recent episode of their Chatty Broads podcast about Steve’s behavior toward them, specifically his negative treatment of contestant Jade Roper on Chris Soules’s Bachelor season in 2015. Once Steve heard he was the subject of criticism, he apologized for his actions, said he was “embarrassed” by his old blogs, and acknowledged just how problematic and harmful they were.
“Those that have followed me in recent years have recognized the change in my blog, in my tweets, and on my podcast,” Steve wrote. “I do not think that way anymore & I hope my behavior in recent years has proven that. I’m sorry to anyone who had to read those things. I am and will continue to do better.”
Demi wasn’t here for it, though—replying to Steve’s Twitter thread, Demi said Steve conducted himself inappropriately over texts to her, in which he told her about a sexually explicit dream he had about her. “No Steve! You haven’t changed!” Demi wrote before explaining the uncomfortable experience in detail. “I was afraid to say anything out of fear of your retribution but then I thought of the many other future women to come on this show and I don’t think they deserve it either.”
Steve replied to her tweet with an apology, saying he “had no idea at the time that conversation made you feel that way. I am apologizing now knowing how uncomfortable I made you feel. I crossed boundaries I didn’t think at the time I was crossing. I did not know this until today. So for that, I hope you can accept my apology.”
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