Reality Show Rules No Sexual Misconduct, Filming Resumes
US reality show ‘Bachelor In Paradise’ has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons this month, after the show halted filming amid rumours of a sexual assault.
After a thorough investigation, however, Warner Bros have reportedly made the ruling that no sexual assault occurred and the show will return to filming.
It all centred around a drunken, intimate encounter between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson in a swimming pool on set.
It was brought into question whether Corinne was in a state where she was able to consent to oral sex or not – which was all caught on camera.
Multiple witnesses of the incident claim she was ‘lucid’ and ‘fully engaged’, despite an afternoon of heavy drinking.
Obviously, the scene in question will not be aired and it is unknown whether the pair will return to filming alongside their castmates.
TMZ first reported the update, with this season of the show set to air in the US Summer.
The following statement from Warner Bros was released to People.com.
“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 statement read.
“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.”