Details, Rumors About The Bachelor In Paradise Sex Scandal — Is Show Over?

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Bachelor and Bachelorette stars DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios are involved.

I didn't get interested in The Bachelor (or any of its other properties) until one long, terrible summer while getting over a breakup

I turned on the TV and happened to catch the opening to Bachelor In Paradise which was just disarming, goofy, and unexpected enough to have me stay put for the entire episode... and the one after that, and the one after that. 

For me, like for so many others, Bachelor In Paradise was my gateway drug, leading me to a full-blown Bachelor-Nation obsession (seriously, I'm in a hardcore fantasy league for this season of The Bachelorette; I don't play). 

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That's why the news that the show, which is slated to air on August 8th on ABC, stopped production amid allegations of misconduct on the set hit me as hard as it did.

I began some frantic researching as soon as hints about the issues broke, and here's what I've learned so far:

The show, which was shooting in Mexico, stopped filming when a "third party" reported that DeMario Jackson and Corrine Olympios engaged in a sexual encounter and the anonymous source believed that Olympios was too drunk to have given her consent to have sex with Jackson. This was only on the first day of filming.


According to TMZ, there are different versions of what exactly happened. According to them, this is DeMario's take on events: 

"DeMario says Corinne then suggested they retreat to the pool, with the cameras rolling. They took off their clothes, started making out and 'rubbing, touching and fingering.' He says she put her genitals in his face and he began licking, but we're told this allegation is a big point of contention, and others disagree with his account. He says he was not able to engage in intercourse because of the alcohol.

DeMario says the next day everything was fine, and he and Corrine were actually getting along well, but on Tuesday they were called in by the executive producer and told one of the show's producers had seen the film and was 'uncomfortable' with what was shot."

Warner Brothers itself has issued a statement about its decision to halt filming and launch an investigation into what transpired, saying:

"We have suspended production, and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations. Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action."

People magazine has spoken to a "source from the show" who had this to say:

“The show absolutely values the primacy of consent, and this instance it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given."

Another source from the show told People:

"They [the producers] could have seen that she was drinking too much and that he was taking advantage. They could have stopped this before it got this far. But they decided to let it go, and let it happen, and see what happened? So, I’m angry at the show, and everyone else is too.” 

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What's crazy to me about this isn't that it happened: These shows are notoriously morally ambiguous at best (I mean come on, they cast an outspoken racist who called the Black Lives Matter movement a terrorist group on the first season of The Bachelorette starring a black woman). What's crazy to me is that the allegations that led to the shoot being stopped was made by someone who actually worked on the show as a producer.

I can't even imagine some of things producers have been a party to on these shows, so for a producer to feel morally obligated to stand up against this behavior has to be pretty damn huge. 

Corrine Olympios, who was on Nick Viall's season, was portrayed already as a nap-loving villain during her stint on The Bachelor. In her testimonials, she often appeared almost too drunk to function, let alone censor herself. 

If the producers knowingly encouraged her to drink to excess and that led to her being unable to consent to whatever allegedly happen with DeMario in the pool, it's an allegation that will undoubtedly (and should) have serious consequences. 

DeMario Jackson was ejected from Rachel's season when it came to light that he had lied about relationship in order to get onto the hit ABC show. 

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The Bachelor and its properties have never been high brow. Even at their best, they are a show that espouses it is possible to meet your soul mate and become engaged in just six weeks with cameras on you the entire time. At it's worst, it can seem to be exploitative and homophobic. 

The show only just recently cast Rachel Lindsay as its first black Bachelorette and as it's 2017; it's clear that they've got some problems.

Here's hoping that whatever went down in Mexico is quickly solved and that justice is meted out. 

There is no word on how the stalled shooting will effect the show's slated premiere date of August 8th.