Warner Bros. Won't Release The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Tape For An Important Reason
From all reports, the events that led to Bachelor In Paradise Season 4 shutting down production have sounded horrific. Now, Warner Bros. has concluded their investigation into the allegations and found that there was no misconduct. Even more importantly, they won't release the Bachelor In Paradise tapes that were reported to be the key evidence in the situation — but it's for an understandable reason.
In a statement to Bustle, the entertainment company said, in part,
"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."
Update: 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: Last week, production on Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down after allegations arose of a reported nonconsensual sexual encounter between Corrine Olympios and DeMario Jackson, as reported by People and TMZ. Just a few days after the news of the shutdown broke, Olympios released a statement to Bustle about the incident.
"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."
Shortly after, Jackson followed that up with his own statement that read,
"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."
Jackson's lawyer, Walter Mosley, also told Variety that the footage on the tape would exonerate the former Bachelorette contestant. “The tapes are the real facts needed to vindicate DeMario’s name," Mosley said. However, it makes sense that Warner Bros. would choose not to release them considering Olympios has stated that she has "little memory" of whatever they might depict.
Now that the investigation has been closed and no alleged misconduct was found, the show is apparently set to resume filming. ABC spokesperson confirmed to Bustle that the series is still set to be released at some unspecified point this summer, but there's no word yet on whether or not Olympios and Jackson will return to the cast. Hopefully, whether they do or they don't, they will be afforded privacy and respect.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated from its original version.