The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Investigation Finds No Evidence Of Wrongdoing
It appears that the investigation into the very serious allegations of misconduct on the Bachelor In Paradise Season 4 set has concluded. And, according to TMZ, "the investigation is now complete and the finding was there was no sexual assault." in the case. Rumors have been flying since production was shutdown on Bachelor in Paradise and the cast was flown home, and, even now, it's hard to know what truly happened to lead to this situation.
The 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: In a statement to Bustle, ABC added, "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."
Update #2: 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: The shutdown was reported to be due to an allegedly nonconsensual sexual incident between DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios. People wrote that sources claimed the alleged event involved DeMario Jackson and a then-unnamed female contestant, who reportedly "may have been too drunk to consent" to sexual activity. TMZ later reported that the contestant was Olympios. At the time, all Warner Bros. would say on the incident was that, "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."
Three days after the report that production had been shut down, Olympios released a statement to Bustle that read,
“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.”
Jackson also released a statement to Bustle later that same Wednesday:
"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."
Various members of Bachelor Nation have also given their two cents on the situation, including former Bachelor Ben Higgins, fellow Bachelor in Paradise contestant Jasmine Goode, and former contestant from Nick Viall's Bachelor season Raven Gates. In addition, there have been numerous unconfirmed rumors and reports going around as anonymous sources were quoted to fill in the blanks of all that we still don't know. Official statements have been few and far between, and this latest development is certainly food for thought.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated from its original version.