Love Is Blind Season 5 Participant Files Lawsuit Alleging She Was ‘Forced’ to Stay with ‘Abusive’ Fiancé

Renee Poche, a cast member from season 5 whose plot was uncredited, has sued Netflix and Delirium TV for “unlawful employment practices,” “unfair competition,” and “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

In her lawsuit, Poche claims that Delirium TV and Netflix purposefully paired her with Carter Wall, her ex-fiancé and someone who is a “walking red flag.” Even though Poche voiced her worries about Wall’s alleged “erratic and alarming behavior and emotional instability,” she asserts that Netflix and Delirium TV “forced” her to be a part of the show and proceed with her engagement to Wall.

Claiming that Poche breached her non-disclosure agreement (NDA), Netflix and Delirium TV are suing her for $4 million after she spoke out about her experience on the show. But Poche maintains that the NDA is “illegal and unenforceable,” so she’s suing to absolve herself of “all forms of liability.”

“My experience on Love is Blind was traumatic,” Poche says in a statement that PEOPLE obtained. “I felt like a prisoner and had no support when I let Delirium know that I didn’t feel safe. I tried to deal with these emotions over time and eventually felt I needed to share what had happened. I felt it was only right to let others know the truth of what all of the castmates had to endure.”

Reaction to Renee Poche Suit

According to Coelen, Love is Blind creator, “On Love Is Blind … you come and go as you choose. You are not required to stay. If you stay, that is your decision,” 

“The participants are not under our control. They are living their lives. We come in; we film them for a period of time, and we leave. They can leave — as many, many, many people have before — anytime they want.”

He continued, “If anybody ever came to us and said they felt unsafe in any way, we would immediately remove them from the experiment and talk to them and try to get to the bottom of it … We do not tell people what to say, what to do, we consistently tell people that this is their journey, this is their life to lead as they choose. We’re there to follow it.”

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