For a show that makes its money tapping into the sexual preferences of its audience, “Bachelor in Paradise” staff were off on their definition of consent when they allowed two of the show’s stars to continue hooking up after a full day of drinking.
Female star Corinne Olympios is incensed producers didn’t put a stop to the action when she and co-star Demario Jackson were getting hot and heavy in the pool, and reportedly engaging in oral sex, after a source said Olympios “was on a whole other level” of drunk. All of this on the first day of filming.
After a producer learned of the incident and filed a complaint against the show, Warner Bros. quickly suspended filming and began an investigation.
“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.”
While no police authorities have begun investigation into the matter, Olympios maintains she was blacked out for the incident, never gave consent, and has hired a lawyer. This stands in contrast to BIP staff that said she was lucid, and Demario himself, who said she was drunk but still lucid.
Chris Harrison, long time Bachelor host, is still fighting for the credibility of the show, telling the New York Daily News that there is “a lot of misinformation out there.”
If the incident does go to trial, it will be interesting to see if Demario still believes in the “drunk but still lucid” explanation when on the stand.
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