First reported by E! the production of the upcoming fourth season of Bachelor in Paradise has come to a standstill after “allegations of misconduct” on the set, in Mexico.
On Sunday, Warner Bros. released a statement, “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,” reported E!
TMZ reports that “Bachelor in Paradise” was shut down by Warner Bros. following the complaint of a sexual nature made by a producer involving DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios.
Allegedly, the producer complained about Jackson and Olympios getting overly sexual in the swimming pool, “according to sources connected to contestant DeMario Jackson, but there are different versions and Warner Bros. has launched a full investigation,” reported TMZ.
This is exactly how TMZ has reported about the sexual angle to the fiasco:
“Here’s DeMario’s version of events, as told by people with whom he spoke:”
“Last Sunday — the first day of production at a Mexican resort — DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios were told by producers one of the story lines would be the 2 of them hooking up … especially entertaining because both are considered villains from previous shows.
We’re told the 2 met at the bar and the alcohol was flowing. DeMario says Corinne jumped in his lap and started making out with him. We’re told there was lots of “intense rubbing.”
DeMario says Corinne then suggested they retreat to the pool, with the cameras rolling. They took off their clothes, started making out and “rubbing, touching and fingering.” He says she put her genitals in his face and he began licking, but we’re told this allegation is a big point of contention and others disagree with his account. He says he was not able to engage in intercourse because of the alcohol.
DeMario says the next day everything was fine and he and Corrine were actually getting along well, but on Tuesday they were called in by the Executive Producer and told one of the show producers had seen the film and was “uncomfortable” with what was shot.
The producer has filed a formal complaint with Warner Bros. Warner brass immediately suspended production, launched an investigation and released DeMario and Corrine. Two days later Warner Bros. released the entire cast while they investigated alleged
As we said, there are other versions of what happened that differ from DeMario’s.”
A source has informed E! News that the production has been stalled “indefinitely” while another source told E! News that some contestants had already reached their homes, adding that the situation was grim and there was a strong likelihood that the show would stop altogether.
Scheduled to premiere on ABC on Aug. 8, the filming of the spinoff started after the announcement of 16 cast members just last week. The idea behind the spinoff was to see if former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants could find love in the romantic settings of a resort in Sayulita, Mexico – apparently, it was not to be!
Here’s a list of the 16 cast members who were in Mexico when the production was abruptly brought to a grinding and rude halt.
1. Raven Gates (The Bachelor Season 21)
2. Corinne Olympios (The Bachelor Season 21)
3. Amanda Stanton (The Bachelor Season 20 and Bachelor in Paradise Season 3)
4. Alexis Waters (The Bachelor Season 21)
5. Derek Peth (The Bachelor Season 12)
6. DeMario Jackson (The Bachelorette Season 13)
7. Lacey Mark (The Bachelor Season 21)
8. Kristina Schulman (The Bachelor Season 21)
9. Nick Benvenutti (The Bachelorette Season 12)
10. Danielle Maltby (The Bachelor Season 21)
11. Taylor Nolan (The Bachelor Season 21)
12. Robby Hayes (The Bachelorette Season 12)
13. Ben Zorn (The Bachelorette Season 11)
14. Jasmine Goode (The Bachelor Season 21)
15. Vinny Ventiera (The Bachelorette Season 12 and Bachelor in Paradise Season 3)
16. Alex Woytkiw (The Bachelorette Season 12)