When Chris Harrison closed up the third season of Bachelor in Paradise last summer, little could he have imagined the sort of mess the fourth season would bring. Forget about bottles of piña colada mixers filled with ants and beach chairs that smell a little too much like beach ass; production on the fourth season began with accusations of possible sexual assault between two contestants from a Bachelor in Paradise producer. But Warner Bros. says it’s now over and they want to move on.
Production on Bachelor in Paradise was suspended, and an investigation was opened to find out if contestant Corinne Olympios was too drunk to consent to a pool hook-up with fellow contestant DeMario Jackson. DeMario acted unworried about the accusations, but had contacted a lawyer and wanted the tape of the incident to be released. Corinne said that she’s a victim and blamed production for not stepping in. Corrine also got herself a lawyer. Warner Bros. released a statement earlier today regarding their investigation, and they say no evidence of sexual assault was found. via E! News.
“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.”
Warner Bros. says filming on the fourth season will resume, and that certain policy changes will be implemented to protect and ensure the safety of all participants. Sources tell TMZ that it’s known if Corrine or DeMario will be back. Whoever does return can probably expect a much more sober (no pun intended) shoot. Some of those policy changes will no doubt include spending the first three days in Mexico listening to Warner Bros. team of lawyers going over workplace behavior policy guides and alcohol tolerance documents. Welcome to Bachelor and Several Attorneys in Paradise.