Bachelor in Paradise Abruptly Suspends Production After Alleged Misconduct – Vanity Fair
Update (5:00 P.M.): Sources close to Corinne Olympios have provided her side of the story to TMZ, saying Olympios was in a blackout state of drunkenness when she and DeMario Jackson were together in the pool on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. According to TMZ, “she says she remembers nothing.”
We’re told the day after the swimming pool incident she claims fellow cast members began telling her stories of what went down with DeMario. She says several cast members told her they had voiced concern to people on the production crew that she was in no position to consent to sexual activity, but the crew did not heed their warnings.
Production sources insist other cast members did not complain to anyone that Corinne was too drunk to form an intent to have sexual contact with DeMario.
Corinne has told her friends she has a boyfriend and wouldn’t have done what she did—especially with cameras rolling—to jeopardize that relationship.
According to TMZ, Olympios “doesn’t fully blame DeMario because he, too, was drunk. She blames producers and has lawyered up.”
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It seems that Bachelor in Paradise won’t return for its fourth season this summer after all. Production on the raucous Bachelor spin-off has been suspended, reportedly “indefinitely”, following an incident of alleged misconduct. What, precisely, occurred on-set in Mexico is unclear, but Warner Bros., which produces the program, has sent the cast home and is conducting an investigation.
“We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. “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.”
So, what allegedly happened? A source told Amy Kaufman of the Los Angeles Times that contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios got heavily intoxicated and made their way to a pool, where they did not have sex but engaged in “very raunchy” behavior. A producer who witnessed the incident, Kaufman said, did not come to work the day after the alleged misconduct, then filed a third-party complaint about it.
Alcohol and courtship are both rather central to the Bachelor franchise, particularly Bachelor in Paradise—but it appears this incident crossed a line. A source within the production told People, “The show absolutely values the primacy of consent, and this instance it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given.” A contestant added that Jackson and Olympios’s fellow contestants are frustrated that no one intervened in the incident, saying, “People are pissed, and not just at DeMario. We’re pissed that this whole thing happened. They could have seen that she was drinking too much, and that he was taking advantage. They could have stopped this before it got this far. But they decided to let it go, and let it happen, and see what happened? So, I’m angry at the show, and everyone else is too.”
According to TMZ, Jackson said “the next day everything was fine, and he and Corinne were actually getting along well,” although accounts of what happened during the incident itself differ. Vanity Fair has reached out to Warner Bros. and ABC for comment.