'Bachelor In Paradise' Investigation Called Off, No Charges Filed
It appears the drama that has engulfed all of Bachelor Nation this past week is finally over.
In a statement to Elite Daily, the production company states its investigation did not lead it to believe any cast member exhibited misconduct and the show will start filming the new season again soon.
Read the full statement from Warner Bros. below:
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.
Warner Bros.' statement confirms Paradise will not be canceling its current fourth season, putting to bed rampant online rumors that ABC would be pulling the plug on the Bachelor spinoff.
Additionally, Elite Daily received a statement from an ABC spokesperson that reads:
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.
The news follows numerous reports and allegations stating BIP suspended its production after an alleged incident between contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson on the first day of filming.
Elite Daily reached out to Corinne and DeMario for comment on the results of the investigation but did not hear back by the time of publication.
Following the production's suspension, Corinne released a statement to TMZ, stating she doesn't remember what happened on the night in question and calling the situation her "worst nightmare:"
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.
In response to reports he engaged in a sexual act with Corinne when she was allegedly unable to give consent, DeMario released a statement to E! Online denying the allegations against him and promising to seek legal action.
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.
Now that it's been confirmed production on the show will resume, all eyes are on Corinne and DeMario to see if they will join the rest of the cast in Mexico or choose to sit out after the recent scandal.