'Bachelor in Paradise' to Resume Production After Sexual Misconduct Investigation
Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise will air on ABC this summer, according to a statement released by Warner Bros. Tuesday. Production on the reality series is scheduled to resume after an investigation into allegations of misconduct found no evidence of such misconduct.
The statement reads:
"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. 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.”
The cast of Bachelor in Paradise was sent home early last week after a producer reported castmembers DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios engaged in sexual acts in a communal swimming pool. Olympios released a statement Wednesday describing the incident as her "worst nightmare." Jackson later released his own statement calling the claims "false" and the allegations "malicious." Both threatened legal action. TMZ reports Warner Bros. lawyers met with Jackson's attorney Monday to review the footage, which showed no evidence of sexual assault.
The Bachelor/Bachelorette spinoff, where castoffs from the those shows compete for love, is scheduled to return on August 8. No word yet on whether or not Jackson and Olympios will return.