Bachelor in Paradise is a great show that gives viewers what they don’t get nearly enough of on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette: drunken antics, messy fights, and sloppy hook-ups between a cast of fame whores competing for cash. But things got a different kind of messy after some on-set sexual abuse allegations were made by a producer against a cast member.
According to E! News, production came to a halt on the fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise on Sunday. Warner Bros. said in a statement that they stopped production because of “misconduct“:
“We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. 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.”
A source tells E! News that there’s no plans, as of now, to start production again. Another source claims the situation is so serious that production is done for the season, and possibly forever.
LA Times writer Amy Kaufman tweeted what she heard from a source about what happened and said it involved Corinne Olympios (from The Bachelor) and DeMario Jackson (from The Bachelorette).
“I just spoke to a source who says he knows why “Bachelor in Paradise” was just cancelled. Here we go: On the first day of production, Sunday, DeMario and Corinne got extremely drunk, per my source. Corinne came up to DeMario at the bar and kissed him. They proceeded to the pool, where they got naked. From this point forward, things turned into “soft core porn.” They did not have sex. But it was very raunchy.
The following day, Monday, a producer who witnessed this hook-up did not show up to work. According to my source, this producer went on to sue the production for misconduct over what she witnessed between DeMario and Corinne. DeMario and Corinne were both shown footage of their hookup during their interviews in the days following their rendezvous. My source was told a producer filed a “third party complaint,” to clarify my above comment.”
TMZ says that the situation is a lot heavier and serious. A source tells them the producer in question believes Corinne was too drunk to consent to what happened. A source from DeMario’s side claims it was all consensual.
A source tells People something a little different. They say a thorough investigation is currently happening, and DeMario is the target of a lot of questions (they don’t name the woman). One contestant tells People that two other contestants saw what was happening in the pool, knew the woman was beyond drunk, and were upset that no one stopped it.
“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.”
Bachelor in Paradise was set to premiere on August 8, but it sounds like that’s definitely not going to be happening.
This is not how Bachelor in Paradise was supposed to be. Corinne is the best thing to happen to The Bachelor franchise since the legendary Michelle Money. The only on-set drama I wanted to hear about was the kind that involved Corinne whipping a hot plate of cheese pasta at someone who dare refer to her vagine as white gold (IT’S PLATINUM).
UPDATE: Sources tell TMZ that Corinne claims she was in a blackout state when she was in the pool with DeMario, and that she was in no way able to consent to what happened. She also says she has a boyfriend and wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize her relationship. Corinne blames the producers for not stepping in and stopping it, and she’s reportedly contacted a lawyer.