Two people were just looking for love when they decided to appear on A&E’s “Married at First Sight,” but it looks like it turned more into a nightmare than a dream.
Jessica Castro, 30, claims her experience on the reality show went horribly wrong and has filed court papers saying her random groom Ryan De Nino, 29, threatened to kill her and her family.
“Married at First Sight” is a social experiment show that pairs up two strangers who get married just moments after meeting. Castro and De Nino appeared on Season 2 of the show.
After getting married in December, they lived together for several weeks while producers kept on rolling. The duo broke up in February after Castro allegedly caught him cheating on her on Valentine’s Day, the New York Post reported.
Castro now alleges that her relationship with De Nino took a horrible turn in March when he made his murder vow.
“I will break you into f***ing pieces,” De Nino reportedly told his bride, according to a Queens Family Court petition. “I will break your dad into pieces. I will make your whole family disappear – and your f***ing dog-ass sister’s boyfriend.”
While taping a reunion show in May, De Nino was allegedly caught on a live mic saying, “She’s f***ing dead. When I get back to Brooklyn, she’s f***ing dead, this girl.”
The show’s producers took De Nino’s threat seriously and provided Castro with security personnel, according to the court filings.
De Nino is facing family court charges of harassment, menacing and stalking. A court referee has order him to stay away from his wife until their hearing next month, the Post reported.
De Nino, a business consultant, commented by posting on Instagram to say he was “disgusted” by the allegations.
“Unfortunately this isn't something I'd wish on anyone. To hear and read about the forum on Thursday to come home, and find this on Friday. To see the IG on Sat and see the location was enough,” he wrote in the caption of a set of pictures of court filings. “They say first 48 for a reason. This is another fact here's the order of protection - which had me in awe and when I read it was disgusted. Bash me all you want, say whatever it is about me just remember this board don't break for nada. Why I posted this will be thoroughly explained when the times right. #CheckMate”
A spokesperson for the show’s production company, Kinetic Content, said in a statement: “We don't know all the details and can't comment on the specifics. What we can say is that unfortunately, couples on the show can go through real divorces, and divorce can often be difficult."
The statement added that the couples, who agree to be legally married on the show, “undergo extensive background and psychological checks.”
“We document their journey for six weeks after their wedding, but we can’t control how they behave, or govern their actions after production,” the statement continues. “We wish them nothing but the best and hope they have a bright future ahead of them.”