The Daily Beast said they spoke to five other cast members from season five, including Tyranny Todd and Hayden Weaverwho confirmed parts of Gianna’s story.
Tyranny claims she heard Gianna try to push away the male co-star’s advances, and at one point she realized he was on Gianna.
“I’m just like what the fuck?” Todd remembered. “We went there to try to get it from her because we said, ‘This is weird.’ I remember getting very, very angry because we knew Gianna was being exploited, I can clearly remember him being on top of her that day and turning around like, “What the hell? This is not cool.'”
Hayden, who dated Gianna two years after the show and shares a son with her, told the outlet he saw Gianna go into the bedroom to lie down. Although he went outside, he claimed to have a clear view of the bedroom.
“I remember one point when I was looking in the room and showing a camera where Gianna was lying,” he recalled. “I couldn’t see what exactly they were filming. I just assumed they were doing some footage of people asleep that they could edit in stuff for the show. I realized that later [the male cast member] basically started touching her and they filmed it like it was like a connection. “
After trying to put the pieces together, Gianna stated that her feelings about the male candidate are complex.
“I didn’t know how to feel about it, and there is still a part of me that I still don’t know how to feel about it,” she said. “I’m in anger with him, but I don’t think I’ll ever feel like he had any malicious intent. I don’t think he was going to.”
Gianna hopes sharing her story will help others with experiences similar to hers.
“I’ve spent all these years not saying anything while it was on the air and while everyone was talking about it because I was scared,” she said. “I might as well come out with it and share my experience. [It’s] lifted a lot from my shoulders. I felt that I didn’t have to secretly carry it on my back or that I was ashamed that it happened. “
She later added, “Ultimately, I would hope that anyone interested in reality TV can hear this and just know that it is important to be able to stand for themselves.”