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Police: Former ‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ contestant Michael Bernback accused of rape operated ‘house of horrors’

April 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Police: Former ‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ contestant Michael Bernback accused of rape operated ‘house of horrors’

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Former ‘Millionaire Matchmaker’ contestant Michael Bernback accused of running ‘house of horrors’

Authorities are asking more victims to come forward regarding a former contestant on “Millionaire Matchmaker” who is accused of operating a “house of horrors” where he would rape women.

Michael Bernback, who was featured on the Bravo dating show, was charged in 2015 after allegations surfaced that he drugged and raped three women, according to KTLA.

Officials said the 65-year-old would “troll adult websites” to meet women and ask them to come to his residence in Sherman Oaks, which he called a “fortress.” The house only had one way in or out.

Investigators said Bernback would organize the meetings with the promise to pay the women cash.

“However, Bernback would exceed the activities that were discussed, forcing victims to participate in sexual activities that were injurious,” investigators said in a press release.

One woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she agreed to go his home in 2015, but emphasized that she was not willing to do specific sexual acts with him.

Bernback reportedly raped her with two other women present in the home — hitting her when she would try to speak.

“He is a sick person,” the victim told KTLA, noting that the experience was traumatizing and “ruined” her life.

On Thursday, authorities indicated that they are aware of at least eight victims but are asking more to step forward before Bernback’s trial begins.

“We are seeking additional victims who are afraid and ashamed to step forward now to help us end this,” LAPD Lt. Jim Gavin said. “You are not alone, we are here to help.”

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