Maybe being a contestant on TV’s “The Bachelorette” wasn’t such a good idea for a Georgia man.
He not only failed to find lasting love on the program after an intense discussion about sex before marriage, he’s now been ordered by a judge to pay the show’s production company $120,000 for unauthorized media appearances and bad-mouthing the show and the producers.
The judge Wednesday approved the production company’s bid for enforcement of a $100,000 arbitration award — along with an additional $20,000 for attorneys’ fees and costs — that it obtained against the former contestant on “The Bachelorette.” The contestant, Luke Parker, was alleged to have breached a contract.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Sotelo gave his nod to the petition brought June 26 against Parker by NZK Productions Inc., which produces the reality dating show. Parker appeared in season 15, which premiered in May 2019 and starred 2018 Miss USA contestant Hannah Brown as the bachelorette.
Brown eliminated Parker after the pair had a heated discussion about sex before marriage.
On May 15, the arbitrator, retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann Kough, awarded NZK $100,000 in damages and another $20,000 in attorneys’ fees and costs.
The production company and Parker agreed in January 2019 that any disputes between them would be submitted to arbitration. The parties also concurred that Parker would not make any media appearances from the date of the accord through one year after the date of the initial broadcast of the final episode of the series — July 30 of this year — without the company’s permission.
The accord also banned Parker from making unauthorized uses or disclosures of any information or events he witnessed or learned as a contestant and from making any negative or disparaging remarks about the series and its principals, employees or affiliates, according to Kough.
But in September and October 2019, Parker made at least four media appearances without NZK’s authorization and disclosed facts and/or made negative remarks about the show and its producers, Kough wrote.
Kough enjoined Parker, who lives in Georgia, from making any further negative statements about the series.