Justin denies cheating, doing Bachelorette for fame, but Chris Harrison says there’s “proof”

After being publicly shamed on The Bachelorette Monday, Justin Rego denied having a girlfriend or doing the show for fame instead of love, which is really what the series is all about.

“I absolutely went [on the show for] the possibility of falling in love. But you know there’s 25 guys in there. And you know it’s difficult to say, ‘You know what, I’m going to fall head over heels for somebody.’ But I was definitely open to that idea,” he told Entertainment Tonight Canada, according to People.

But Chris Harrison, doing his job as the show’s hatchet man, writes in Entertainment Weekly, “I realize there have been incidents in the past where you may not be 100 percent sure who’s telling the truth, and this might have been another one of those cases. Justin swore up and down to all of us that he didn’t have a girlfriend and didn’t at any time contact that girlfriend while he was on the road. Hearing ‘Rated R’s’ greatest hits (phone messages) as he limped off into the sunset was the smoking gun. That’s all anyone could possibly need to hear as proof.”

Contrary to claims that he is a famewhore, Justin said, “No more reality TV. … This has been such a rough experience, like it’s kind of scared me away from doing anything. It’s not fun having you’re [sic] name dragged through the mud.”

Bachelorette’s Justin: ‘Definitely’ No More Reality TV for Me [People]
Chris Harrison blogs ‘The Bachelorette': Episode 6 [Entertainment Weekly]

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