UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter touts that the suit has been "amicably resolved," though there's no word on what price Steve Carbone had to pay, if any, to make the legal woes disappear.
New year, new Bachelor, new lawsuit!
Steve Carbone, better known as Reality Steve, is seemingly The Bachelor franchise’s Public Enemy No. 1. Why, you ask? Because Steve runs a website that avidly covers and reports on reality television shows — as said shows are filmed. In the case of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Steve’s real-time reporting results in the polarizing news genre called “spoilers.” Steve publishes news items based on intel from his sources, often months in advance of those same scenes airing to the public.
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Bachelor producers first sued Steve in December 2011 for attempting to pay contestants in exchange for information that would breach their confidentiality agreement. The lawsuit settled in June, with both parties reaching an agreement that Steve would have no further contact with cast, crew, or employees of The Bachelor. Now, NZK Productions and Horizon Alternative Television, a division of Warner Bros., have filed another suit against the spoiler king, alleging continued “tortious interference” by the uncovering of “non-public information.”
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Steve blasts the filing, calling it “bogus.” Steve argues agreement enacted by the previous settlement does not prevent him from publishing spoilers. “The producers have provided no proof that I did anything in violation of our agreement because there is none. They just seek to put me out of business by intimidation and litigation costs.”
In a statement on his website, Steve reiterates his belief he has done nothing to breach the existing agreement. “I did not violate our agreement, nor did I intentionally interfere with any contracts, which is what their latest complaint is stating.” Steve also he also maintains the reason he's being sued is that... he's right! "Do you honestly think if I gave away the wrong ending, and wrong eliminations, and wrong details about the dates they would sue me? Of course not."