“The Bachelor” really wants to keep its most dramatic rose ceremonies ever a surprise for viewers of the popular dating show.
For the second time, producers are suing “Reality” Steve Carbone, who runs a reality TV spoiler site, over new charges that he violated terms of the agreement from their first lawsuit, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The court documents coincide with the news season of “The Bachelor” starring Emily Maynard castoff Sean Lowe, which premieres Monday — and for which “Reality Steve” has already posted new spoilers about the first five episodes as of Dec. 12.
In June 2011, NZK Productions and Horizon Alternative Television sued “Reality Steve” and the case was settled after Carbone agreed to have no further contact of any kind with any of the cast, crew members or other employees of “The Bachelor.”
The new complaint filed in California court allege Carbone is still trying “to seek confidential information from participants, cast, crew and other employees of the Bachelor series and, in the course of doing so, continue to solicit and induce participants and employees of the Bachelor series to breach their contractual obligations to Plaintiffs.”
Carbone responded to the producers’ allegations in an email to THR, calling the new lawsuit “bogus.”
“The suit was brought in violation of the settlement agreement I previously reached with the producers of the Bachelor series,” Carbone writes. “That agreement does NOT prevent me from publishing spoilers. The producers have provided no proof that I did anything in violation of our agreement because there is none. They just seek to put me out of business by intimidation and litigation costs. I am currently exploring my legal options, including a counterclaim.”
The new season of “The Bachelor” premieres Monday, Jan. 7 on ABC.