Throughout an interview with Rolling Stone on Thursday, make-up artist Samantha Suarez, 27, who first labored on Below Deck‘s make-up division throughout the sequence’ tenth season, accused Gary, 35, of sexually assaulting her whereas drunk in his resort room in Sardinia, Italy, the place he and his castmates have been staying amid filming.
“There is no such thing as a restrict to alcohol consumption in any way, which I feel poses a very huge drawback,” Samantha instructed the journal.
In response to Samantha, she was accompanying a drunk Gary again to his room in July 2022 when he started “behaving erratically,” yelling off his balcony and begging her to not go away his room. Though Samantha tried to lighten the temper by joking that she was going to take a seat exterior the room to ensure he didn’t go away, Gary reportedly responded by asking her to get in mattress with him — regardless that he knew she was in a relationship.
Samantha finally left however returned later with snacks and water for Gary, who allegedly answered the door in his underwear and once more begged her to remain.
“I used to be like, ‘I’ve to go — I have to go deliver different folks water and meals,’ and he’s like, ‘No, no, please,’” Samantha recalled. “So I stepped into the room to set the case of waters down and once more, he’s repeating, ‘Don’t go away,’ and I used to be like, ‘I’ve to go, I’m not staying.’”
Then, as Samantha turned to depart, she revealed, Gary “got here up behind her, grabbed her, pressed her in opposition to his physique and refused to let go of her” as she tried to “kick and elbow him to get him off her.”
Though she was capable of break free and tried to get out of Gary’s room, he reportedly adopted her and shut the door from behind her.
“At that time, I didn’t know what was going to occur. I used to be freaking out,” she admitted. “It simply occurred so quick.”
When Samantha obtained a name from the expertise supervisor, she was capable of get to the hallway to reply.
“I’m freaking out, and he goes, ‘What’s mistaken? What’s happening?’ And I’m like, ‘Simply go away me alone,’” she stated. “[Gary] tried to return up behind me and put his arm round me. He’s within the hallway in his underwear, and it’s all bizarre and f*cked up, and so I’m similar to, ‘Simply return in your room and don’t come out.’”
Following the incident, Samantha instructed producers what occurred and famous that she now not felt snug close to him. In response, producers allegedly instructed her he’d be fired if any further unhealthy habits was reported and compelled him to sleep on the boat for the remainder of filming.
“It just about sucked from there on out,” Suarez stated. “I used to be simply in an excellent depressive state.”
Wanting again, Samantha stated she stayed in her resort room for every week after her encounter with Gary and regarded quitting.
In response to the claims in opposition to Gary, a spokesperson for Bravo instructed Web page Six, “Bravo is dedicated to sustaining a secure and respectful office for solid and crew on our actuality exhibits. We require our third-party manufacturing corporations to have applicable office insurance policies and trainings in place and a transparent course of on the way to report considerations.
“The considerations Ms. Suarez raised in July 2022 have been investigated at the moment, and motion was taken primarily based on the findings,” they added.
Along with Samantha’s allegations in opposition to Gary, one other crew member spoke out, telling the journal that they noticed Gary seize a feminine solid member’s butt, touching her inappropriately regardless of being instructed, “No,” and seize a crew member’s genitals.
“He’s next-level scary with ladies,” the crew member stated. “It was insane. There have been a number of incidents of sexual harassment in entrance of a number of producers after this particular person had been given verbal warnings a number of occasions.”
Below Deck Sailing Yacht season four concluded in July 2023.