What The 'Bachelor In Paradise' Cast Thinks Of The Demario Jackson & Corinne Olympios Allegations
After completing an investigation into an alleged incident between contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios, Warner Bros. concluded no misconduct occurred and announced that Bachelor In Paradise will resume filming. Now, it's been revealed which Season 4 cast members are coming back to Paradise when it starts shooting again this weekend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, most of the 16 original Season 4 castmates are returning, including Raven Gates, Amanda Stanton, Vinny Ventiera, and Lacey Mark, who have confirmed they'll be back via social media. That's also where many of these Bachelor In Paradise cast members reacted to the allegations about their costars, Jackson and Olympios.
It hasn't been confirmed whether Olympios or Jackson will be returning to the show after the investigation, which focused on whether an alleged sexual encounter between the two was consensual. But whether they return or not, Bachelor In Paradise should still address consent in the premiere. (In a statement, Olympios' lawyer said they would continue their own investigation, which makes it sound unlikely she's heading back to paradise.)
But plenty of the returning BiP contestants have already shared their opinions on the allegations that shut down filming. You can read their range of reactions below.
No surprise, the seemingly insensitive tweet didn't go over well. Next time, the contestant, who appeared on JoJo Fletcher's Bachelorette season, should take his own hashtag advice and just say
Though she's friends with Olympios, Gates took to Twitter to defend Jackson, claiming she thought race played a significant role in the allegations. When fans pushed back saying they were "sick" over how Gates was treating Olympios, who appeared with her on Nick Viall's season on The Bachelor, Gates tweeted, "Do you 'care' to know the TRUTH?" she asked. "Or would you like to keep villainizing an innocent man?"
Do you "care" to know the TRUTH? Or would you like to keep villianizing an innocent man?— Raven (@ravengates09) June 20, 2017
When someone else wrote that Gates was "contributing to a culture that makes it nearly impossible to convict rapists," she posted the following tweet.
You're contributing to the culture of accusing African American men of a crime they didn't commit.— Raven (@ravengates09) June 20, 2017
According to Refinery29, Gates also made claims that Olympios is doing this for publicity. Gates accused Olympios of being on "E! News every night via her lawyer smearing a man's name," along with the names of the "producers that love her."
Goode, who also appeared on Nick Viall's season of The Bachelor alongside Olympios, claimed to E! News, "The day of the incident under investigation, Corinne did not display any change in behavior from what was observed by the cast on her season of The Bachelor." She added, "Corinne forced herself on three male cast members, when they were unable to consent, in addition to engaging with DeMario."
In a statement with the Daily Mail, Goode also said she "was taken back with Corinne's statement that she's the victim. That may be the role she plays on the show, but it's a role. I don't believe she was a victim or traumatized."
After those bombshell statements, Goode took to Twitter to refute statements that Olympios allegedly had "minor bruises" and a "busted knee" from the situation with Jackson.
The fan-favorite on JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette, who will become the bartender on this season of Bachelor In Paradise, released a statement explaining, "I can only speak from my own experiences." He went on to say, "Some of the greatest moments in my life happened in Paradise."
But he was quick to let fans know he wasn't trying to be "insensitive or accusatory in any way," he was just sharing his own story of the show. "I'd ask before you pass any judgement or say hurtful things to anyone about this," he wrote, "you remember that there is a lot unknown and untold."
Stanton refrained from speaking out about the allegations until it was announced that filming would resume. In an interview with E! News, she said she had kept quiet because she was concerned about Olympios.
While Stanton said she was excited to return to Paradise, she was also a little "hesitant" but wanted to believe the show was doing what was best for everyone.
"It's been so crazy and the whole scandal has been all over the media and it's been hard to know if you're doing the right thing," she said. "But I think if they're starting filming back up, I trust that they're doing the right thing."
Thank you for your patience, trust and loyalty #BachelorNation and to our entire Bachelor family— Chris Harrison (@chrisbharrison) June 20, 2017
Sure, Harrison isn't in the cast technically, but fans were waiting for the host to respond to the shutdown. In a lengthy statement, Harrison wrote,
Shortly after it was announced that filming had resumed, Harrison tweeted, "Thank you for your patience, trust and loyalty
Bachelor in Paradise Season 4 is still expected to premiere this summer as planned.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to Bachelorette alum, Wells Adams, as "Adam Wells."