Raven Responds To The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Allegations By Showing Concern For "The Two People Involved"
After Nick Viall broke up with Raven Gates on The Bachelor, fans of the Arkansas native were happy to hear during After the Final Rose that Gates would be on Bachelor in Paradise. But with Bachelor in Paradise being postponed due to allegations of misconduct, Gates may not be getting her second chance at love on national television, Yet, Gates' Twitter makes it seem like she's less upset about that and more upset for the two people involved in the Bachelor in Paradise allegations. But that doesn't mean her comments on the situation have been without drama.
Update: In a video posted by TMZ, Jackson says "no comment" in response to numerous questions about the alleged incident. Asked if he's upset about reports alleging that Olympios claims she did not give consent, Jackson responded, ""No, no. I'm all good."
Update #2: On Wednesday, June 14, Corinne Olympios' rep released a statement about the Bachelor In Paradise allegations to Bustle:
“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.”
Update #3: On the evening of Wednesday, June 14, Jackson released a statement about Olympios' allegations to E! News:
"It's unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations. 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."
Update #4: On June 20, an ABC spokesperson provided the following statement to Bustle:
“We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of ‘Bachelor in Paradise.’ Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC.”
Warner Bros.' statement to Bustle read,
"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.”
Update #5: On Tuesday, Corinne Olympios' lawyer Martin Singer released a statement to Bustle that read,
“It needs to be made crystal clear that production of 'Bachelor in Paradise' was shut down because of multiple complaints received from 'BIP' producers and crew members on the set. It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone. It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal Investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”
Earlier: On June 11, ABC announced that the filming of Bachelor in Paradise was being postponed due to "allegations of misconduct." The original statement from Warner Bros. to The Hollywood Reporter read:
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.
Since then, reports have alleged that DeMario Jackson of Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette may have had a nonconsensual sexual encounter with Corinne Olympios, who was on Viall's season of The Bachelor with Gates. TMZ reported that sources close to Olympios claim that she was too drunk to give consent to Jackson during a sexual encounter in the pool and that she allegedly blames the Bachelor in Paradise producers for not intervening. TMZ also reported that sources close to Jackson claimed that there was a sexual encounter, but also claimed that things between Jackson and Olympios were fine the next day. These sources did not speak about consent being an issue. It's also been reported that a producer for the show alleged filed a complaint regarding the alleged incident. Bustle has reached out to both Jackson and Olympios for comment, but has not received a response.
Although Gates kept her tweet about the state of Bachelor in Paradise fairly simple, writing that she was "heartbroken," she has also been responding to tweets from fellow Twitter users, including critical statements claiming she is only concerned for herself:
Despite the backlash, Gates has stayed the course of saying her being heartbroken didn't come from a selfish place and that she's concerned for both parties involved in the allegations.
Gates seems to preaching that no one judge what happened until all the facts are gathered. Neither Jackson nor Olympios have spoken publicly, and the investigation is still underway.