Corinne's Lawyer Responds To News 'Bachelor In Paradise' Will Resume Filming
For the past week, Bachelor Nation has been consumed with news of the alleged sexual misconduct that took place between DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios during filming of season four of Bachelor in Paradise.
The show was initially suspended and Warner Bros. promised a full investigation into the claims.
On Tuesday, Warner Bros. released the following statement:
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.
ABC also released a statement to Elite Daily, saying,
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.
Elite Daily reached out to DeMario Jackson's and Corinne Olympios' teams but did not hear back at time of publication.
Olympios' lawyer, Martin Singer, has now spoken out in response to the conclusion of the investigation and news of the show's return. He told ET,
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 wrongdoing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.
Filming of the show is expected to begin again early next week, and according to reports, DeMario Jackson was invited back.
Jackson has yet to publicly comment on this most recent news.
Olympios, who originally starred on Nick Viall's season of The Bachelor, released an initial statement last week that read:
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.
Jackson claimed he was fired from his job as a recruiting consultant over the allegations. He also released the following response last week:
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.
Over the past several days, everyone from fans to friends to contestants (both past and present) have weighed in on the controversy, with a quite a few people stepping up to defend Jackson.
Fans seem thrilled to have the show returning (it's still unclear when the first episode will air), but it appears there are still a lot of questions, especially from Olympios' team.