Cancel your summer plans, because Bachelor in Paradise has resumed filming (and let’s be honest, all you really wanted to do this summer was watch TV). Over a week ago it was announced that the Bachelor spin-off show stopped production and filming after allegations of misconduct between DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios. Allegedly, the two contestants engaged in sexual activity during the first night of filming, however, Olympios was too drunk to consent, or remember the night. Since then, both of the parties involved, as well as what seems like everyone tied to the series have released statements about what they think happened in the pool that night. Corinne pled that she was a victim of sexual assault, while DeMario, as well as many of his cast-mates, including Jasmine Goode, Raven Gates and Alexis Waters, maintained his innocence.
In a case that has become increasingly complicated each passing day, Warner Brothers has (hopefully) put an end to the speculation with the following statement:
As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously. 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 this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.”
While I’m sure that this isn’t the end of the drama, news, and allegations, in the perspective of the producer, this is no longer enough of an issue to warrant the cancelation of a show that’s now sure to get a ton of media and fan attention. While this statement clears Jackson’s name of any misconduct or assault, it is still unclear who, if anyone is at fault for the incident.
I have so many questions.
So where does that leave everyone? While I’m sure that the rest of the cast is excited to resume filming, to try their chance at finding a really good Instagram sponsorship (I mean love), there’s no news yet on what will happen to Corinne and DeMario. Both have publicly stated that they have found lawyers, and will pursuing this case legally.
“It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations. I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared and, per the advice of legal counsel, will be seeking all available remedies entitled to me under the laws.”
Corinne’s official statement echoed the same sentiment, that she too will be lawyering up:
“As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening.”
There’s no news yet on whether the two will remain on the show, or whether they will be recast. In the statement, Warner Brothers made it clear that safety will be a priority for the show moving forward. “Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.”.