On the latest episode of CBS’s Survivor: Island of the Idols, contestant Dan Spilo was hit by a major scandal after being accused of inappropriate touching by Kellee Kim. Then, later on, two other women came forward – Missy Byrd and Elizabeth Beisel – with allegations also against him. Though it was revealed that the two women later admitted that they exaggerated the claims in order to get Dan voted off in order to better their numbers game.
At 48-year-old, the talent manager was the oldest contestant on the original Vokai tribe. In his line of work as a Hollywood agent, Dan is introduced to many different people in a professional setting (as a rep for The Act’s Joey King and Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki). This week on Survivor, Kellee continued to express concern over Dan for being too touchy as she felt he violated her personal space. She claims that the unwanted touching continued even after making multiple requests for him to stop. That’s when a tearful Kellee and two other female contestants, Missy Byrd and Elizabeth Beisel, met up and discussed their discomfort regarding Dan – who they alleged also touched them inappropriately without heeding warnings to stop.
During this week’s episode (via People), Missy told a visibly upset Kellee, “It’s inappropriate touching. I’m not an object.” After Missy and Elizabeth both alleged that they were also victims in sexual misconduct by Dan, as soon as Kellee left, they admitted that they exaggerated their reactions against Dan in order to make him a target and get him voted off the island. Missy even went as far as to tell Elizabeth to encourage Janet Carbin to vote for Dan, knowing as a mother figure, she would want to protect them. Missy suggested, “You tell her how uncomfortable you are.” She urged Elizabeth, “Like, you have a very open mom-daughter moment about how uncomfortable you are.” She urged her to use the sexual allegations against Dan to get him voted out, saying, “Right now, that’s our only play.”
After Elizabeth admitted that she didn’t feel uncomfortable with Dan, she admitted that she’ll do anything to move forward in the game. Even playing up the victim card, saying she “can play up that card in whatever way possible, I’ll do it.” She continued, “My job is to do whatever it takes to get on the right side of the numbers.” Later, Elizabeth emphatically added, “Honestly, I’ve felt safe this entire time and if I had felt uncomfortable I would have said, ‘Please stop.'” That’s when a newly-empowered Kellee went to the producers about her concerns, in which they addressed the issue off camera – giving Dan an official warning for his inappropriate behavior. During tribal council, Janet, of course, voted for Dan due to wanting to protect the girls on the island. Meanwhile, the women who hatched the plan and manipulated drama from the sexual allegations, Missy and Elizabeth, voted off Kellee.
In a strange turn of events, the alleged sexual misconduct victim, Kellee, was sent packing. After she left, that’s when Janet and the rest of the players learned the full extent of what actually happened. Kellee said in her exit interview that Missy and Elizabeth embellishing their stories disgusted her. Even Janet felt so emotionally blackmailed that she felt like quitting the game. Dan met up with Missy and Elizabeth, who denied ever feeling uncomfortable by his actions. The “#MeToo” episode left audiences divided and many fans felt that Survivor dropped the ball when it came to protecting victims of sexual misconduct after they have come forward and fans were left furious at Missy and Elizabeth for discrediting the allegations by exaggerating their claims.
Survivor: Island of the Idols airs Wednesdays at 8 pm EST on CBS.
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