Bachelorette Politician Jess Glasgow's Job In Question Due To Harassing Behaviour On Show
The Queensland councillor referred to Angie Kent as "bitch", made inappropriate comments to female production crew members and was criticised by fellow contestants for his treatment of women before being kicked off the show.
Now Jess Glasgow's political future is in jeopardy with Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington confirming to 10 daily he will refer the councillor to the Office of the Independent Assessor for investigation.
The controversial contestant was sent home before The Bachelorette's second rose ceremony, which aired Thursday night, due to multiple incidents of "sleazebag" and "inappropriate" comments and gestures that were all filmed on camera.
In one scene, where Bachelorette Kent and contestants were dressed up for a farm photoshoot -- Glasgow who was dressed as a horse -- can be seen making licking and biting gestures at Kent's thighs and buttocks, unbeknownst to her.
"Don't mind if I get some wandering fingers, alright," he said to Kent in the episode.
Kent pushes him away and laughs uncomfortably before saying, "Jesus what's wrong with you."
"And I thought, damn, I'm going to be the first person she gets to ride," Glasgow told producers in a piece to the camera after the photoshoot, in reference to the photographer asking Kent to sit on Glasgow's back.
In other scenes, Glasgow is filmed saying "Oh look at you," to a waitress serving drinks.
Thursday night's episode also aired behind-the-scenes footage where Glasgow is seen flirting with a producer who can be heard off-camera saying "Oh ... inappropriate Jess."
Other contestants challenged Glasgow's attitude and treatment of Kent, as well as his behaviour as towards other women working on the show.
Glasgow also was filmed saying "bring it on bitch" when he learnt Kent was hoping to confront him about his behaviour.
"Did you just call her a bitch?" a chorus of contestants quickly responded.
Not realising the cameras were still rolling Glasgow replies, "There's no cameras on us, so like yeah."
"I don't give a f*ck if there's cameras, the fact that you talk about women like that and the way you speak to women, it's not right," one contestant told him.
Another contestant voiced his concerns about Glasgow to Kent in a one on one conversation.
"He's been saying sexual stuff toward the makeup ladies and some of the production staff, its really making them uncomfortable," he told Kent.
The Noosa Councillor admitted to other contestants that he often kisses women who clearly aren't keen on him.
"I've kissed plenty of girls and they've turned their heads away."
"I don't mind if the girl turns away, I'm used to it," he said.
Before evicting Glasgow, Kent told him"You made me feel very uncomfortable at the photoshoot."
"And if there is anything in my entire life that I have been super sure of is that I will never allow a man to come in and f*ck with my sisterhood," she said.
The engineer by trade apologised and insisted he had a lot of respect for Kent.
"I'm sorry, you are absolutely right ... maybe I didn't approach it in the right manner," he said before leaving the mansion.
"I'm going back to Noosa to find the love of my life in a dirty dingey night club," Glasgow said as he was driven away from the mansion.
Glasgow, who is an elected councillor in the Shire of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, will now be the subject of an investigation, casting doubt over his political future.
In a statement, Glasgow said he meant "no disrespect" to Angie or the crew, and apologised if he caused offence.
“It was not my intention to bring the Noosa Council or Noosa people into disrepute," he said.
"I had the opportunity to find love on this show and I went for it.
“I must admit, I’m a flirtatious guy, but I meant no disrespect to Angie or the crew. I sincerely apologise if I caused offence.”
Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington has confirmed he will refer Glasgow to the assessor, saying his behaviour on The Bachelorette was not reflective of the council or Noosa community values.
"Cr Glasgow did not seek approval from myself and I only found out about his involvement after the show had been recorded," Wellington said.
Wellington added that while Glasgow was not representing Noosa Council on the program, he was "aware that his occupation as a councillor was frequently referred to on the show."
"We believe that it may represent a breach of code of conduct," he said.
"We created drama and we created reality TV and I think we did a pretty good job of it, but yes, I'm still the honest trustworthy person I've always been," Glasgow told reporters in Queensland on Thursday when asked about his conduct on the show.
"I didn't say anything malicious or derogatory about Noosa or the council and I respect that they have to do the investigation, but I'm pretty confident there won't be any substance in it," he said.
When asked if he would consider another stint on reality television, Glasgow quickly responded by saying "I hate to say it everybody but I think my reality TV days are over."
Glasgow's council colleagues either declined to comment or could not be reached when approached by 10 daily on Thursday.
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