Bachelor In Paradise is that overly served, boozed up trashy cousin from Tallahassee compared to the class act mess from Orlando that is The Bachelor/ette empire. But this year, it took a turn for the yikes when news surfaced former Bachelor contestant Corinne Olympios alleged that there was sexual assault by Bachelorette contestant DeMario Jackson. All they do on those sets is ply everyone with booze, so they go from being a bunch of boring hot people to human trains hurtling to the end of the rails while humping all over each other.
When we last left the Bachelor in Paradise saga, Warner Bros. released a statement claiming they didn’t believe a sexual assault happened between two contestants (Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson) and that filming would resume. New rules were put in place for filming, like a two-drink per hour maximum, and producer permission had to be granted before contestants went to the boom boom room. Most of the Season 4 cast was returning, except for DeMario. It wasn’t really known if Corinne would be back or not. Well, Corinne will be back, but only for one episode.
Ah, humping on the beach; the third season of Bachelor in Paradise t’was a much simpler time. But after all the heavy accusations that happened recently, the fourth season isn’t nearly as loose as its predecessors. Bachelor in Paradise has resumed filming, and with it comes a lot more rules.
Contestants now have a two drinks-per-hour maximum to prevent them from getting too wasted on set. There’s also a strict rule when it comes to sex. Sources tell TMZ that if any contestant wants to get it on with another one, whether on the beach, in the pool, or in the most romantic spot in television “The Boom Boom Room,” they must first get clearance from a producer. If a producer thinks that either party is incapable of giving proper consent, they can deny the request. If a contestant tries to pull one over on producers and sneak off to The Boom Boom Room, producers can put a stop to it. TMZ posted pics of Bachelor in Paradise filming in Mexico, and they show producers and crew working very closely. So the chance of sneaking off to the Boom Boom Room may be slim.
I doubt getting producer permission will be all that awkward. My only hope for all involved is that producers have streamlined the process for horny convenience. Imagine if Warner Bros. not only makes the couples clear it with a producer first, but then requires the producer to take them to another room, where everyone is forced to sit through a 40-minute educational pre-sex safety video first? It’s called paradise, not hell.
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Warner Bros. said in a statement last week they don’t believe a sexual assault happened between two contestants (DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios) during filming of the fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise. They also said that when filming starts again, certain “policy changes” would be put in place to protect the cast from another bad situation. After being put on hold for a few weeks, filming has resumed (without DeMario). One of the policy changes that was put in place is how much the cast is allowed to drink. Unless they’re chugging a non-alcoholic liquid like maple syrup, like Daniel from season three up there, they’re not chugging anything at all.
Production sources tell TMZ that a two-drink per hour limit has been established on set. The crew is responsible for monitoring the cast’s booze consumption. Bartenders on set are also required to keep tabs on their drinking. Producers are also making sure the cast has access to food at all times on set. Sources also say that the returning cast got a lecture both on and off camera about the DeMario/Corinne situation, and there was a strong focus on alcohol consumption.
Filming has been going on for a few days, and those production sources say that it hasn’t gotten too crazy on set. A booze limit means a whole lot less reality TV drama, sure. But you know what can easily replace it? If production were to take away all but three lounge chairs by the pool. Nothing starts a beach resort fight faster than people trying to call dibs on a lounger.
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.
Up until this morning, it was more than assumed that the too-drunk-to-consent person in the middle of the messy Bachelor in Paradise situation was Corinne Olympios. Warner Bros. and ABC didn’t name names, but lots of “sources” did. When asked about her several times yesterday, DeMario Jackson, who says he’s innocent, didn’t hide that Corinne was the other one involved. Corinne herself talked today.
Corinne released a statement through her rep. She confirms that she has little memory of what happened in the pool that day and that she’s hired a team, including a lawyer, to help her get justice for what happened to her. via People
“I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place, which I understand is why production on the show has now been suspended and a producer on the show has filed a complaint against the production.
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.”
You may think that Corrine hired Gloria Allred, but People says that she’s hired high-powered Hollywood lawyer Marty Singer.
I’ll admit I was a little surprised to see that Corinne’s statement was released by a rep. But I guess there are some things Raquel the Nanny doesn’t do.