'Bachelor in Paradise' suspended over misconduct, reportedly related to sex and consent
There is some trouble in paradise.
ABC has stopped filming Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise after a producer filed a "third party complaint" because of misconduct on set.
The news came just a week after the cast was announced.
"We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations," Warner Bros. said in a statement. "Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action."
Warner Brothers, which licenses Bachelor in Paradise to ABC, confirms its suspending production in Mexico due to "allegations of misconduct" pic.twitter.com/gP31pmb0PG— Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) June 11, 2017
According to multiple news outlets and LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman, the show has been suspended after producers allegedly filmed contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios in a sexual encounter. A producer felt uncomfortable watching the footage and filed a complaint.
I just spoke to a source who says he knows why "Bachelor in Paradise" was just cancelled. Here we go:— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
On the first day of production, Sunday, DeMario and Corinne got extremely drunk, per my source.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
Corinne came up to DeMario at the bar and kissed him. They proceeded to the pool, where they got naked.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
The following day, Monday, a producer who witnessed this hook-up did not show up to work.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
DeMario and Corinne were both shown footage of their hookup during their interviews in the days following their rendezvous.— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) June 11, 2017
It has been reported that the producer believed Olympios was too drunk to be able to consent to Jackson, yet filming continued.
"The show absolutely values the primacy of consent, and this instance it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given," a Bachelor in Paradise source told People.
Warner Bros. has not commented on the allegations.
Some former contestants chimed in on social media.
I feel bad for everyone involved... cast and crew... and that people aren't going to be able to enjoy an experience that meant so much to us https://t.co/QQsAp9fxAd— Tanner Tolbert (@ttolbert05) June 12, 2017
Sad to see #BachelorInParadise is possibly cancelled. Roses must be dead.— Lacy Faddoul (@LacyFaddoul) June 12, 2017