Former Survivor contestant Silas Gaither has been arrested on charges of rape and aggravated assault after being indicted by a grand jury. According to TMZ, he was taken into custody on Monday in Shelby County, Tennessee, and was released on $50,000 bail.
The arrest is in connection with an alleged incident from May 2018. No further details about the allegations have been released. Gaither, who is 41 years old, is scheduled to appear in court January 9.
Who Is ‘Survivor’ Alum Silas Gaither?
Gaither competed in the third season of Survivor, from 2001 to 2002. According to People, Gaither was a bartender and aspiring actor in Los Angeles at the time. The season was called Survivor: Africa, and was filmed in Kenya. Gaither was 23 at the time.
He lasted five episodes and finished the competition in 12th place. Gaither later acted in small roles and owned a sports bar in Los Angeles for several years before returning to his home state of Tennessee to work as a project manager for a home renovation business.
Recent ‘Survivor’ Sexual Harassment Controversy
As E! News points out, Gaither’s arrest comes just a few weeks after sexual harassment allegations were made against a contestant on the current season of the CBS show. Kellee Kim accused fellow competitor Dan Spilo of inappropriately touching her and other women in the game.
Spilo later apologized, saying, “If ever did anything that ever even remotely made [Kellee] feel uncomfortable, it horrifies me, and I am terribly sorry.” Meanwhile, two of the other women on the show admitted that they embellished their accounts of Spilo’s behavior for gameplay.
Kellee Kim was later voted off the show. The controversy has started conversations relating to the #MeToo movement.