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Contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have been known to get into trouble from time to time, but it's just been revealed that current Bachelorette contestant Lincoln Adim has actually been convicted of a pretty serious crime. On May 21, 2018, Adim was convicted of indecent assault and battery for groping, and also assaulting, a woman while they were both on a harbor cruise ship early on May 30, 2016.
The news, which was broken by Ashley Spivey in a post to her Twitter feed, also revealed that Adim was sentenced to one year in a house of correction, but that term was suspended in favor of a two-year probationary period. During those two years, he's been ordered by the judge to stay away from the victim, and also attend thrice weekly Alchoholics Anonymous meetings. As long as Adim complies with the terms set forth by the judge in his case, he won't have to serve time in prison, but, if he fails to heed the judge's terms or re-offends during those two years, he could be sent to prison.
Lincoln Adim, who recently came under fire for other unsavory personal behavior, is a 26-year-old account sales executive who's made quite an impression on Bachelorette Becca in just a couple of weeks. He's also no favorite in the house among many of the other guys, which has made for an interesting dynamic. Adim was one of the few early contestants shown on the Bachelor: After The Final Rose special about three months ago that announced Becca Kufrin as the new Bachelorette.
While all of this is horrible, the question has to be asked: how did he end up on The Bachelorette when the show's producers supposedly do thorough background checks on all participants? It's incredibly unlikely that on-going legal proceedings wouldn't show up in a background check, especially for something as serious as this. So, what went wrong? While we have no real way of knowing at this point, seeing as how no one from the show has spoken about Adim's conviction, it's possible that either someone at the agency used to run background checks screwed up, or, by the time his legal troubles were found out and reported to producers on the show, he was already filming and it was seen as too much trouble to replace him at that point. Either way, someone should get into major trouble for this.
The Bachelorette is still in the early stage of airing on ABC at this point, but, as we all know, this season is already done filming. There's no telling right now if Adim's legal issues came up on the show as they were filming, or if he sticks around as one of Becca's suitors for the long haul. You can tune in to The Bachelorette Mondays at 8 p.m. EST to see what happens.
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