The scandal that rocked the reality show and brought the production of “Bachelor In Paradise” to a hault is now over.
After claims of misconduct on set, involving contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson, made headlines an investigation has allegedly found no sexual assault occurred.
In a statement to ET Canada, Warner Bros. said that after an internal investigation, the tapes did not support any charge of misconduct by either cast member:
“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.”
The show is scheduled to continue filming and there will be changes made to the show’s policies and procedures. There will be new rules put in place to ensure the safety and security of the contestants involved.
Jackson’s lawyer met with Warner Bros. lawyers on Monday and looked over the tapes and made sure that nothing happened.
An ABC spokesperson also released a statement thanking Warner Bros. for the quick investigation:
“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.”
In a surprising turn, the show will resume its filming at the same location in Mexico and is still set to air later this summer. It is unconfirmed if the show will still premiere on Aug. 8, its original premiere date.
The footage of the now infamous swimming pool incident will not air on the show or be released to the public.
It is unknown if Jackson and Olympios will rejoin the show.
Host Chris Harrison also released a statement on the outcome: