’90 Day Fiancé’ Fans Start Petition Asking TLC to Take a Stand Against Abusers
90 Day Fiancé fans have had enough with some of TLC’s casting choices when it comes to the hit reality show. Recently fans were angry with the network for casting Geoffrey Paschel, who has a litany of legal claims against him. Now, with the recent eruption between Paul Staehle and Karine Martins, as well as Martins’ shocking police report, fans are once again calling on TLC to take a stand against cast members who have violent or abusive histories.
‘90 Day Fiancé’ fans rallied against Geoffrey Paschel
When TLC announced that Geoffrey Paschel would be appearing on 90 Day Fiancé, there were plenty of fans who weren’t thrilled. Paschel has a checkered past when it comes to allegations of abusive behavior, and TLC did nothing to address those ongoing claims.
Instead, it glossed over them and focused on his current storyline. In June of 2019, Paschel was arrested following a call to the police from his ex-girlfriend. In the relevant court documents, she said, “He repeatedly bashed/slammed my head into the hardwood floors of my home. He dragged me through the house by my hair and continued throwing my body into walls and furniture. I know this because of blood on my walls, furniture, etc.”
Police reports backed up her claims, saying “officers observed a large raised bruise on [her] forehead and abrasions on her elbows and knees.” She was also found to have a concussion when taken to the hospital.
Paschel has also spent time in jail for dealing drugs, and in 2018 a different ex filed a protective order against Paschel in which he was accused of using children to traffic drugs. Three of Paschel’s four ex-wives have accused him of domestic violence, and one of them accused him of rape.
At the time, fans were distraught with TLC and started a petition on Change.org to have him removed from the show.
Karine Martins files shocking police report against Paul Staehle
Now, following an incident in which Karine Martins has fled her 90 Day Fiancé husband, Paul Staehle, fans are rallying for TLC to take responsibility for hiring individuals who have criminal records and histories of abuse.
After Martins fled from Staehle’s house with baby Pierre, Staehle posted a police report she filed against him to his Instagram. He deleted the photos, but not before 90 Day Fiancé blogger John Yates screencapped them.
In the report, Martins claims Staehle forced her to perform oral sex, and that he physically assaulted her. She also claims he required her to stop taking contraceptives. She wrote, in part, “If I refuse he throw things, he yells, or he threats to call police, he currently hold my green card and all my documents. I am not allowed to leave the house, he monitor my phone [and] he have cameras around the house and he can see through his phone who arrives or who leaves. He threats take our son Pierre away if I ever leave [sic].”
‘90 Day Fiancé’ fans start a new petition asking TLC to take responsibility
Now, 90 Day Fiancé fans are once again asking TLC to reconsider their casting decisions and vetting process. Another Change.org petition as started, this one entitled, “Stop 90 Day Fiancé from enabling domestic abuse NOW.”
As of now, the petition has over 100 signatures and is growing. Regarding the petition, one Redditor writes, “The only positive reason to have these ppl on the show is for viewers to hold a mirror up to their own relationships… watching Jessie helped me realize I was in a controlling and abusive relationship and to get out.”
Another user commented, “Thank [you]! When do we hold these production companies and networks accountable for their actions! They’ve been filming Paul and Karine for years. Cast them in multiple spin offs. The camera crew and production didn’t witness any of the abuse? Yea right! I personally think if TLC knew, they should be ashamed.”
Meanwhile, other users have suggested that preventing TLC from casting individuals with criminal history would be discriminatory.