Big news: Warner Bros. has concluded its investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct on the Bachelor in Paradise set, and in an official statement, has announced production will resume on season 4.
In the statement, Warner Bros. notes that footage of DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios “does not support any charge of misconduct,” nor does it show that “the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy.” That said, the production company plans “to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and securities of others.” It’s unclear at this time what those changes will be.
We have to say we WERE NOT expecting this.
The majority of the cast is currently headed back to Mexico and filming should . But despite some speculation, Corinne and DeMario will *not* be returning to Paradise. According to , DeMario claims producers invited him back, but he declined because he’s suffering anxiety as a result of the scandal. (That said, the recently reported that he’s “unable to resume filming Bachelor In Paradise because of his ongoing legal issues.”) And Corinne, who was reportedly not invited back, Her boyfriend, Jordan Gielchinsky, recently voiced his support: “I have known Corinne for over 10 years and as a friend or boyfriend, she will continue to receive my unwavering loyalty and support until I decide that there is a legitimate reason not to give it,” he told
Read on for a chronological list of events that led to the show’s suspension
One of our favourite shows of the summer has been put on hold—and might even be cancelled. Here’s what we know about the Bachelor in Paradise suspension, news of which began making the rounds on social media over the weekend.
It all started when the entire cast of BIP (minus DeMario and Corinne) was spotted at the airport flying *out* of Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.
Here’s most of the cast at the airport an hour ago. Being told they’re being flown to Houston. Still don’t know what’s going on
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve)
Shortly after this, Warner Bros. released a public statement saying that production has been suspended to investigate what they’re calling “misconduct.”
Here’s what they said:
“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.”
More information has come to light since the Warner statement, including:
The contestants in question are allegedly Corinne and DeMario
According to , an incident between DeMario and Corinne is what’s behind the shutdown. Apparently the two contestants got extremely intoxicated on the first day of filming and proceeded to get naked in the pool. Amy’s tweets confirmed that they *didn’t* have sex but things got real raunchy, real fast.
On the first day of production, Sunday, DeMario and Corinne got extremely drunk, per my source.
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA)
Corinne came up to DeMario at the bar and kissed him. They proceeded to the pool, where they got naked.
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA)
Corinne allegedly could not give consent for what transpired in the pool
A source close to the show told that “it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given.” And according to , Corinne was apparently “so drunk she had no idea what was going on in the pool.”
A contestant has allegedly spoken up to say that Corinne was taken advantage of
A unidentified season 4 contestant told that two other cast members saw the interaction between DeMario and Corinne and are upset the crew didn’t do more to stop it. “People are pissed, and not just at DeMario. We’re pissed that this whole thing happened,” the contestant said. “They could have seen that she was drinking too much and that he was taking advantage. They could have stopped this before it got this far. But they decided to let it go, and let it happen, and see what happened? So, I’m angry at the show, and everyone else is too.”
Multiple contestants tried voicing their concerns to the producers while it was happening
According to , the day after the swimming pool incident cast members told Corinne what went down with DeMario and said they had voiced concern to the production crew that she was too intoxicated to consent, but they didn’t listen.
A producer blew the whistle on the encounter
According to Amy Kaufman’s Twitter thread, the day after the incident, a producer who witnessed the hook-up didn’t show up to work and instead went on to sue the production for misconduct.
The following day, Monday, a producer who witnessed this hook-up did not show up to work.
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA)
The contestants have been sent home and the season has been put on (a possibly permanent) hold
No official statement has been made to confirm that the season will actually be cancelled but according to Reality Steve, things aren’t looking good:
(MAJOR SPOILER): From I’ve been told, the show has been cancelled. They’re done. Everyone’s being sent home. (1/3)
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve)
Don’t know all the details. Hopefully for all parties involved it gets resolved. But certainly doesn’t look like BIP is happening.
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve)
Corinne allegedly says she did not consent to sexual activity with DeMario, and has hired a lawyer
According to , Corinne allegedly says she was “in a blackout state” when she got in the pool with DeMario and doesn’t remember anything. Sources tell TMZ that Corinne allegedly doesn’t “fully blame” DeMario but does blame the producers for not stopping the encounter. She has—also according to TMZ—hired a lawyer.
Chris Harrison apologizes for the “inconvenience and disappointment” and is hopeful that the season will resume
On Tuesday morning Good Morning America released an exclusive statement from Bachelor Nation host Chris Harrison. His statement started off by reassuring everyone that the safety of the cast and crew “is of the utmost importance,” which is why they made the decision to suspend filming. He then went on to discuss the fate of the season: “They’re moving quickly to gather all the facts, and once that’s done a clear concise decision can be made about where we go from here.” He promises to keep us as informed and up to date on the situation as he can and apologizes for the inconvenience and disappointment: “It is my sincere hope that we can come to a quick resolution on this and get back to work very soon.”
Bachelor Nation alum Wells Adams—who was tapped to replace Jorge as bartender this season—has shared his thoughts on the incident
We already knew that Bachelor in Paradise‘s bartender and unofficial love guru Jorge Moreno wasn’t returning to man the bar on season 4, but we’ve recently learned that Wells—from JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise season 3—was supposed to take his place. He was there for the incident and recently took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the story: “I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my take on @bachelorinparadise and I can only speak from my own experiences so… here goes nothin’. Some of the greatest moments in my life happened in Paradise. Some of the greatest people that I’ve gotten to spend time with (in front of and behind the cameras) happened in Paradise. One of the most beautiful and genuine love stories unfolded in front of my eyes in Paradise. My heart breaks for those who don’t share the same experiences.” He asked his followers to, before passing judgement or saying hurtful things, remember that there is a lot unknown and untold. “Understand that my perception and experience is only mine to tell, but it’s an honest one and one that I will cherish forever.”
My thoughts on
— Wells Adams (@WellsAdams)
Bachelor Nation is just as blind as we are
On Wednesday, Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise alumni Ben Higgins and Ashley I. put out an emergency episode of their to talk about the BIP situation—but they didn’t really have any insight to add. When the story first broke, Ashley I. said she was in a Bachelor Nation group chat where everyone was throwing around different, unconfirmed stories but no one actually knew what was going on. She said even the season 4 cast who was in Paradise are unclear as to what’s going on.
The investigation could take up to two weeks
During their emergency episode, Ben and Ashley I. called in Hollywood Reporter‘s Jackie Strause, who has been closely following the story. She said that no charges have been filed, yet: “Right now it’s an internal investigation from Warner Bros. And this kind of investigation can typically take one to two weeks, which is why I believe Chris Harrison spoke out to tell the fans to be patient as they get to the bottom of this.”
Warner didn’t actually shut down production immediately after the incident
“It appears to be another day of filming when the contestants who were involved were approached with the situation and that’s when the cameras shut down. And from there the investigation began, which then went into two days of interviewing the entire cast, which continued on for another couple days of interviewing the entire crew… most of the cast members were back [home] by Monday,” Jackie confirmed.
Ashley I. has NEVER seen anything like this happen during her time in Paradise
She’s been on Bachelor in Paradise twice, but Ashley I. said that she personally has never seen anything go too far. “Never in my three seasons [one season on The Bachelor and two on BIP] did I ever see anything happen that should have been stopped that I thought was morally wrong.”
According to Reality Steve, TWO producers filed complaints
And he says (sources for have also said the same thing) and from what he’s been told neither of them saw any footage of the incident after the fact, either.
On Wednesday, Corinne made an official statement to TMZ saying that she’s a victim and has hired a team to “seek justice”
“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,” she told . Corinne says this is her worst nightmare come true. “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.” According to TMZ, Corinne has hired big-time , who has also represented celebs like Charlie Sheen, Demi Moore, John Travolta and Celine Dion.
Corinne has also hired a new, high-powered publicist
Reality Steve reported on Wednesday morning that Corinne’s publicist allegedly fired her and is no longer representing her. And according to Amy Kaufman’s most recent tweet on the story, Corinne has hired a new publicist, Stan Rosenfield, who has been representing fellow Bachelor Nation alum Chris Soules and is “George Clooney’s go-to guy.”
Corinne has also hired a high-powered publicist: Stan Rosenfield, who has been representing Chris Soules and is George Clooney’s go-to guy.
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA)
DeMario is taking legal action, too
On Wednesday, hours after Corinne broke her silence, DeMario made his first official statement confirming that he has also hired a lawyer. “It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations,” he told . “I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared and, per the advice of legal counsel, will be seeking all available remedies entitled to me under the laws.” According to , DeMario has hired Harvard Law grad Walter Mosley, who has repped celebs like Blac Chyna and Amber Rose. He’s also hired a publicist, Eve Sarkisiyan-Nunn.
Season 4 BIP contestant, Jasmine Goode, is saying Corinne *isn’t* the victim
“I don’t believe she was a victim or traumatized. The statement she released doesn’t even sound like her. It sounds like someone wrote it for her,” said Jasmine in interview with . In fact, Jasmine maintains that Corinne never said a negative thing about DeMario after the incident: “Not once did she complain or say she was upset with what happened in the pool with DeMario. She was laughing, having a good time. Even the day after, she was hanging out with DeMario and some other people in the hot tub. I honestly thought they were going to become a couple.” Jasmine also went on to defend not only DeMario, but the entire show: “I feel bad for DeMario. He’s a good guy. He’s sweet and not aggressive one bit. I am sad and disappointed this has happened. We are all shocked. The producers and crew members are like family. I feel bad for them as well, this was their job. They would not do anything to hurt us.”
DeMario has lost his job because of the scandal
“My character has been assassinated, my family name has been drug through the mud,” DeMario said in an interview with , where he told the outlet that he’s been fired from his job as an executive recruiter.
He believes that the tapes of the incident will tell the truth and wants them to be released
In the same interview with Inside Edition, DeMario—who’s currently hiding out at his dad’s house in Southern California—said he’s not blaming anyone, and all he wants is for the Paradise footage to be released. “The only thing I want is for the truth to come out. I feel like the truth will be able to come out in those videos.”
On Sunday, a source told what Corinne allegedly remembers from the night
According to “a source,” Corinne hasn’t seen the tapes of the incident and claims that she doesn’t remember much of the night because she was in a blackout state. But Corinne does allegedly recall drinking two cups of champagne in the limo on the way to Paradise, and later, a dirty martini and two shots of tequila. The source also said Corinne ate very little on the day in question.
The same source claims that Corinne was so drunk she couldn’t even walk
Most of what Corinne knows about the incident is, allegedly, what she’s been told by others. According to the source, in the days following the alleged misconduct, some female cast members told Corinne that she was so intoxicated in Paradise that she couldn’t walk and also, at one point, fell face first into a hot tub.