The reality dating show “Bachelor in Paradise” has been thrust into the spotlight over the last few weeks after allegations of “gross misconduct” on set shut down production of the show.
In an emailed statement to Dearly, Warner Bros. revealed that investigations into the claims were already underway:
“We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of “Bachelor in Paradise” in Mexico. We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”
The incident on set allegedly involved sex acts between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios.
From this point forward, things turned into "soft core porn." They did not have sex. But it was very raunchy.
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
Initial reports by TMZ claimed Jackson and Olympios engaged in “making out and rubbing, touching and fingering” and oral sex while cameras were rolling.
Olympios then issued a statement calling the entire ordeal “her worst nightmare:”
I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production.
The Florida native confirmed rumors that she was assembling a team of attorneys to find “justice.”
Soon after, Jackson revealed that he, too, had hired legal counsel after suffering “character assassination” at the hands of Olympios.
According to Variety, neither Jackson or Olympios had seen the content of the footage, which was being held by investigators for examination. Many questioned the content of the tapes, including both disputing parties’ attorneys.
But now, Warner Bros. has answers.
The production company released a statement Tuesday afternoon revealing that the cast and crew of the Mexico-based reality show may have to re-pack their bags very soon.
According to the statement, investigators found that the footage “does not support” any misconduct on set:
“The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.”
Production on “Bachelor in Paradise” will resume, the statement added, but it’s unclear where and when filming will happen. Higher ups promised that “certain changes to the show’s policies” will take effect in order to “ensure the safety and security” for everyone involved,
Neither Olympios or Jackson has made a statement at this time.