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‘Catfish’ Host Nev Schulman Says Stress Of Sexual Misconduct Probe Gave Him Shingles

An MTV investigation found the claims, made by a former guest on the show, were ultimately “without merit.”

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Nev Schulman may have ultimately been cleared of the sexual misconduct allegations against him, but he says the experience had a profound physical impact ― even causing him to break out in shingles.

In a series of YouTube videos published in May, Ayissha Morgan appeared to accuse Schulman, the host of MTV's “Catfish,” of sexual misconduct.

Morgan, who appeared on the show during its fourth season in 2015, did not specifically name Schulman initially, instead alluding to the show’s “main person,” who she claims propositioned her on multiple occasions, according to People.

Schulman denied the claims, but production on the show was halted pending an internal investigation by the network.

The reality series resumed in June, however, after the MTV probe found Morgan’s claims were “not credible and without merit.”

During an interview this week with Josh Peck’s Cadence13 podcast, “Curious,” Schulman revealed that the ordeal was so stressful for him that it affected his physical health, People reported.

“I was so stressed and I was so out of control and desperately trying to get it into my control that I actually got shingles,” Schulman said during the episode, which was released on Tuesday. “Most people get it around their chest or ribs. I got it on my head.”

Shingles is a viral infection categorized by a rash accompanied by shooting pains, according to WebMD. It stems from the same virus that causes chickenpox.

Despite the toll he said the accusations have taken on both his mental and physical health, Schulman seems to be looking on the bright side.

“It’s been a really meaningful, eye-opening, emotional, and physical experience,” he said.

In July, shortly after MTV resumed production on “Catfish,” Schulman opened up to People about how “powerless” he felt during the investigation.

“To be accused of something that I squarely did not do and to have the harsh judgment that followed and no way to counteract or do something in the moment to correct that was very difficult,” he said.

“It was frustrating. I just felt so powerless.”

[Photo: Nev Schulman attends the Los Angeles special screening of “Birth of the Dragon” at ArcLight Cinemas on August 17, 2017 in Hollywood, California. By Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Kylin Pictures International]

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