“Bachelor in Paradise” Suspended Due to Alleged Sexual Assault on Set
Bachelor in Paradise was suspended after producers allegedly filmed DeMario Jackson in a sexual encounter with a female contestant who may have been too drunk to consent.
According to a number of reports, the alleged female in question is Corinne Olympios, who, according to Jackson, was the instigator of the alleged consensual encounter. In a report by TMZ, Jackson claims that he and Corinne were drinking heavily and making out at the bar. She suggested they take it to the swimming pool, where they took their clothes off and began “rubbing, touching and fingering.” He also claims she put her genitals in his face and he began licking. He says he was unable to consummate things because he was so drunk.
Field producers however began hearing stories form people on set after the fact claiming that Corinne was so drunk she had no idea what was going on in the pool. A subsequent complaint was filed and Warner Bros immediately dismissed both DeMario and Corinne and launched an investigation into the “misconduct”.
Sources connected to Jackson told TMZ that one of the story lines on season four of Bachelor in Paradise would be Jackson and the contestant hooking up. The source told TMZ that “everything was fine” after the alleged drunken sexual encounter and that Jackson and the woman continued to get along.
TMZ caught up with Bachelorette contestant Eric Bigger as he was leaving Nightingale on Sunday night. Bigger claims that he thinks “… they probably had a good time, probably got out of whack, and I think the truth came to light – whatever that means – but I think they had fun and maybe got a little out of hand”. Of the allegations he say; “it’s a little mix, it’s a little different, so you never know until you know but the truth will come to light eventually”.
For Bachelor in Paradise, the network shipped eliminated contestants form the Bachelor and Bachelorette to a Mexico beach house. The initial cast starts with an uneven number of men and women, and at the end of the week, they pair up during a rose ceremony, which determines who from the outnumbered group will be going home. Each week, the show brings in more contestants, which flips the rotation.
Warner Bros has suspended production of the series until the investigations are completed.