ABC’s ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ to Resume Production But Lawyer Vows to Continue Investigation

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ABC’s “Bachelor in Paradise” reality series will resume production after an investigation by producers found no misconduct by cast members during the shooting of the show’s fourth season earlier this month. That decision was quickly blasted by an attorney for cast member Corinne Olympios, who said that new witnesses were coming forward in a separate investigation that is ongoing.

“As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ in Mexico,” Warner Bros. said in a statement. “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.”

Warner Bros., whose Warner Horizon Television banner is home to the “Bachelor” franchise and its spinoffs, said new procedures would be implemented to strengthen the rules about conduct among cast members, who are sent off to a resort in Mexico for production of the dating show. Production was shut down earlier this month amid allegations that Olympios and fellow cast member Demario Jackson had a sexual encounter that was complicated by heavy drinking.

“Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident,” Warner Bros.’ statement continued. “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.”

Martin Singer, attorney for Olympios, said the misconduct allegations surrounding the show were broader than those involving Olympios.

“It needs to be made crystal-clear that production of ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ was shut down because of multiple complaints received from ‘BIP’ producers and crew members on the set. It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone,” Singer said in a statement. “It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrongdoing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”

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“We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of ‘Bachelor in Paradise,'” an ABC spokesperson said. “Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC.”

Production on Season 4 of the ABC reality series was shut down due to the alleged misconduct. Contestants Jackson and Olympios were allegedly involved in a highly sexual situation under the influence of alcohol while “Bachelor in Paradise” cameras were still rolling. TMZ reported that Olympios did not consent to sexual contact with Jackson.

Both Jackson and Olympios retained attorneys following the incident. Olympios released a statement last week saying, “As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality. 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.”

Jackson also released a statement last week. “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,” he said.

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  1. princess says:

    Low class hussies all in it for the mighty dollar and fame. So now that we know she has a boyfriend at home, “she wasn’t consenting”, although Warner Brothers states after full 2 week investigation that she was completely lucid and consensual.

  2. Thetoxicavenger says:

    Please Variety stop giving these people the publicity they crave so badly.

  3. Paramount Employee says:

    Somebody’s mad cuz they won’t be getting paid.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      She’s a very calculated individual. The type that if I do this, say this, act like this, I’ll get some money, but more importantly, I’ll be licked as The Bachelorette and once k go thru that dig and long show, every director will want me. Her delusions run so high, that she can’t lose.
      Cdot, she forgot about all those darn cameras. And were to believe new witnesses are coming for ward daily? Lol! There’s only so many people involved and the way her lawyers talk, they’ve all come forward. Supporting her version. Lol again. We’re only allowed 15 minutes of fame, and aches way past her sell by date.

  4. DougW says:

    Yes, studios often shut down production when nothing happened.

  5. George Lewis says:

    Don’t watch the show, but glad that it wasn’t killed by crazed so-called’ political correctness. To the cast & staff: as the umps say in baseball, ‘play ball’. Have fun. Do what humans have done for ages. Procreate & multiply :)

    • milo says:

      Have fun? The situation here is accused sexual contact without consent. That’s illegal, not “political correctness”? Yeah, someone is “crazed” here.

      • George Lewis says:

        milo: they investigated & the accusation was not true. Nothing illegal occurred. My point is that the accusation itself was the crazy ‘political correctness’ just because the girl had been drinking (even though the guy was too) & some incorrect staff member said she was incapable of consent (what about his consent). In actuality as the investigation & prior leaked accounts provided: she initiated it (stripped & rubbed herself on his mouth) & was not ‘limp’ & being held up unaware etc.

        There is no more accusation. It’s investigated & nothing wrong occurred. The incorrect so-called ‘politically correct’ pounced on it & the man, & you’re still doing that?

  6. 1Ronald says:

    I said earlier, the only way you’ll ever see that video tape is during discovery. If discovery occurs. Meanwhile you can see that big black old dog sauntering down Collins while walking Corinne. Yes, that is a big dog. And. Not sure how Jackson thinks his character and family name has been assassinated. Did I read this correctly? And wondering again if that imagined “money” blowing in the air will pass his way as he dreams it will? Or will that money do as Dionne Warwick says and “Just Walk On By.” BIP, y’all gotta be more cautious at vetting these people. All of them. This is turning into a big old burr under the saddle. One you could do without. But then again they say there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

  7. 1Ronald says:

    So it was a publicity stunt. To make sure y’all watch this time. Sure had those two shaking in their shoes. Yes, it did. Lawyers and all. So now the two will be able to finish where they left off? If I was her, I’d stay away from him. She may yet get a show or gig out of all this. If she chooses her associates wisely. And runs from those who will bring her down to their level. But about that “boyfriend?” Maybe that will keep the gate closed and do a “Members Only” thing to her. That “not one of us” can smart big time. Or maybe she could bring that big black old dog with her the next time. Betcha could stop production with that. Can’t believe dad’s allowing that thing in their oceanfront condo. The dog. The big, black four legged one. The one she has on a leash when she’s sidewalking it. It’s gotta smell. Don’t all big dogs cooped up in a condo smell?

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