Ten days after filming was suspended on ABC’s hit show Bachelor In Paradise over apparent concerns over Corinne Olympios’ ability to consent with DeMario Jackson, production has decided to resume filming. A producer had voiced concerns that perhaps she was too drunk to know what was occurring.
Olympios released a statement saying, “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.” This sounds a lot like a sexual misconduct accusal no? She continues on to say that she’s found legal council and is pursuing the matter.
“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.” How this statement plays out now that the investigation found no wrong-doing is uncertain.
Following the verdict of Warner Bros. investigation into the footage, ABC had this to say:
“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.”
Update Tuesday: ABC confirm’s with PEOPLE: “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.”