Rachel Lindsay, one of the contestants appearing on The Bachelor 2017 with Nick Viall, is having a part of her past exposed in a new report. It’s a classic case of someone affiliated with The Bachelor franchise having something in their history that would eventually find its way in the headlines.
Radar Online obtained some legal documents filed against Rachel Lindsay for allegedly “causing a car wreck.”
Documents from the Dallas County District Court reveal that the apparent victim in the crash accused Rachel Lindsay of “negligently failing to control her vehicle,” which caused a collision between them.
“On June 14, 2013, while traveling south bound on highway US-75, in Dallas County, plaintiff’s vehicle was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by defendant Lindsay,” the plaintiff’s original petition read. “Defendant Lindsay negligently failed to control the speed of or stop her car. Defendant’s negligence caused damage to the car being driven by the plaintiff and to plaintiff’s person.”
According to the report, the plaintiff requested damages for medical expenses, pain, future suffering, and compensation for past physical ailments, loss in earnings, and mental anguish. The Bachelor 2017 contestant denied the accusations and the parties settled with State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company with Lindsay agreeing to pay the plaintiff $12,500. The lawsuit against Lindsay was dismissed with prejudice in return.
Lindsay isn’t the first contestant to have her dirty laundry exposed before her season of the show airs. Though far more serious, a contestant from JoJo Fletcher’s season of The Bachelorette, Alexander Woytkiw, was charged with loitering and prowling. Radar Online also reported on that incident. He and some others were planning to take letters off a sorority house. He reportedly completed a Misdemeanor Diversion Program on May 26, 2011.
Moreover, a Bachelor contestant from Chris Soules’ season, Jade Roper, had multiple run-ins with the law, Life & Style reported. As a juvenile, Roper was charged with possession of alcohol in October 2004, and ordered to complete six months of probation and perform 20 hours of community service. She got into trouble again in December 2005 when she was charged with a DUI and sentenced to 15 days in jail. Six months of probation followed after that only for her to be charged with petty theft in April 2006. She was charged with two counts of it for pilfering less than $499.
Rachel Lindsay is the first African-American contestant on The Bachelor to go far on the show. Huge spoilers for the show reveal how far she goes in the Inquisitr article, “The Bachelor 2017 Ending For Nick Viall Revealed, Major Spoilers Leaked.”
Rachel Lindsay definitely catches Nick Viall’s eye early on in the show. The two had a one-on-one date in New Orleans when filming began and several photos were posted on social media of the two having a great time together (as seen below).
(SPOILER): Nick and his date at Cafe du Monde. They will then head to One Eyed Jacks for the LOLO performance pic.twitter.com/bH55rchyMh
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) October 12, 2016
Rachel Lindsay is an accomplished 31-year-old attorney from Dallas, as indicated on her LinkedIn profile. She earned her Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and sports management at the University of Texas at Austin.
Lindsay’s professional portfolio is full of legal experience as well as public relations in the athletic industry.
The Bachelor 2017 wrapped filming just before Thanksgiving. Nick Viall is back home and hasn’t hinted at whether he’s actually engaged, though spoilers have speculated on the outcome.
What’s known for certain about Rachel Lindsay is that her appearance on The Bachelor 2017 will be groundbreaking since she goes further than any other African-American contestant has on the reality show.
The Bachelor 2017 with Nick Viall premieres on January 2, Monday, on ABC at 8 p.m., ET/PT.
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