Former Bachelor and Bachelor In Paradise contestant Raven Gates is in an intense Twitter fight over the Bachelor In Paradise controversy that resulted in the show's cancellation a few weeks ago.
Raven — along with other Bachelor In Paradise cast members — have been taking to Twitter to express their opinions on the controversy ever since the story broke.
When the show was first canceled, Raven tweeted, "I'm heartbroken about BIP," but the tweet has since been deleted. Cast member Jasmine Goode responded to the tweet saying, "Seriously...crushed #BIP."
And now, Raven and Jasmine are both arguing with people on Twitter about the scandal.
The show had just started filming its fourth season when two contestants reportedly behaved in a way that has now been labeled as “misconduct in the workplace," implying a sexual incident occurred when two contestants were under the influence.
ET reported the incident allegedly took place between Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.
But Warner Bros. has since completed its investigation into the incident and says it did not lead them to believe any sexual misconduct had taken place, and the show will now continue filming its fourth season soon.
Elite Daily reached out to Corinne and DeMario's teams for comment on the results of the investigation, but did not hear back by the time of publication.
Warner Bros. said in a statement to Elite Daily,
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.
An ABC spokesperson said in a statement to Elite Daily,
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.
On June 14, DeMario gave E! Online the following statement about the Bachelor in Paradise suspension and claims about his involvement:
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.
Corinne also released a statement to TMZ on June 14. She said:
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.
The Twitter fight between Raven and BIP viewers began when a user tweeted at Raven, accusing her of treating Corinne badly in the aftermath of the situation.
Raven has been defending DeMario and the show throughout this time.
User @Chelsiebby_ said, "it's really sick how you are treating Corrine."
Gates responded, "But where you there? ... nope."
Jasmine replied to Raven's original reply, saying, "Exactly! Don't give these trolls a time of day babe."
Raven came to DeMario's defense, saying, "Do you 'care' to know the TRUTH? Or would you like to keep villianizing an innocent man?"
The Twitter user argues Raven's actions are harmful to victims of sexual assault.
Raven responded, "Do you see the injustice towards women who are truly sexually abused when girls who weren't claim that they were?? Guess not."
Through this tweet, she appears to be arguing that Corinne wasn't actually assaulted by Jackson, despite she's saying she is.
The Twitter user (and others) then accused Raven of contributing to rape culture, which consistently does not believe women when they say they are assaulted.
Another user got involved in the fight, saying, "you're contributing to a culture that makes it nearly impossible to convict rapists."
Raven responded, "You're contributing to the culture of accusing African American men of a crime they didn't commit."
The Twitter user continued to respond to the thread, though Raven said she was "dead wrong" about the allegations.
As of right now, it is not known if Corinne and DeMario will be returning to the fourth season of Bachelor In Paradise.