Survivor Fiji’s Boo cited for battering a woman

For the third time in a week, a CBS reality star has been accused by police of battering a woman. This time, it’s fifth-place Survivor Fiji cast member Kenward “Boo” Bernis, who “has been cited in Louisiana after cops say he battered a woman inside a bar restroom over the weekend,” TMZ reports. He “is accused of walking into a ladies restroom at Bootleggers Bar in Lafayette, grabbing a woman by the upper arm and ‘forcibly move[ing] her.'”

Boo is a partner in both Survivor Boys, LLC, and Iota Boys, LLC, with Russell Hantz, according to the Louisiana Secretary of State, and Hantz was arrested for battering a woman in Lafayette late last week. Hantz also is an investor in Bootleggers, apparently with Boo.

Meanwhile, Big Brother 9‘s Matty was arrested for battering his pregnant fiancee early last week.

‘Survivor’ Star Accused of Battering a Woman [TMZ]

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.