It looks like producers are tightening up rules and regulations on the set of “Bachelor in Paradise” after massive fallout surrounding the “sexual misconduct” scandal earlier in June.
The dating show, which is produced by Warner Bros. and airs on ABC, recently underwent a series of protocol changes.
Just last week, TMZ broke news that Warner Bros. mandated returning contestants to forfeit all drugs, including prescription medications, to an on-staff nurse, who would “keep and dispense [medications] accordingly.”
An email obtained by TMZ, reads, in part:
“Upon your arrival, your bags will be inventoried specifically for any over the counter and prescription drugs that are not prescribed to you. … Any prescription/illegal drugs will be confiscated.”
And now, producers are tightening up contestant’s belts as well.
According to TMZ, singles participating in this season of “Bachelor in Paradise” will now have to request permission from members of staff to have sex.
Sources close to filming told the gossip site that both parties who wish to get hot and heavy will have to express audible consent to production staff before entering the infamous “Boom Boom Room,” where most indoor sexual encounters occur.
If the producer feels like either party is unable to consent, they have the ability to refuse entrance to the “Boom Boom Room.” In fact, new regulations allow staff to interrupt contestants “mid-coitus” if they ignore the whims of the show runners, TMZ added.
Warner Bros. is not taking any chances with liability — sources added that all members of the dating show spinoff were required to sit down with lawyers and review the rules before stepping foot on the Mexican shores.
These new protocols may be Warner Bros.’s answer to the dubious consent policies surrounding the misconduct incident between former contestants Corinne Olympios and Demario Jackson.
While internal investigations found no evidence of Jackson assaulting Olympios on tape, Olympios is not backing down from her allegations.
Marty Singer, popular high-powered celebrity attorney, told Us Weekly that they intend to continue a separate investigation, implying Warner Bros.’s intentions may be less than just:
“It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”
“Bachelor in Paradise” will soon resume filming and is set to premier on ABC later this summer.