A former Millionaire Matchmaker contestant has been charged with brutalizing a woman.
Police said the incident took place at John Bonavia's home in Beverly Hills. Cops reportedly got a call from a neighbor who heard screaming coming from inside.
According to a published report, the woman was so badly beaten, Bonavia was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The charges were later reduced, but he is being held without bail. He has pleaded not guilty.
The financial advisor appeared on the Bravo dating show in 2014. Bonavia's Twitter page shows him with glamorous dates.
His arrest is the second recent setback to hit Millionaire Matchmaker. Last month, cops used a crowbar to smash their way into the home of another former contestant.
Michael Bernback, 62, was barefoot and wearing a bathrobe as he was taken away to face charges that he raped three young women he met online.
Cops said the assaults took place in the bachelor pad that was featured on the show.
On the show, he told host Patti Stanger he liked younger women. ”I want somebody young that can have children still,” he said.
Now the two arrests have some questioning whether the show should take another look at how it selects its contestants.
"They really try to cover all their bases and spend an exorbitant amount of money at the networks and production companies to make sure these people are safe," they told IE. "But like anything else in the world, there are people who snap or behave badly."
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