The current season of Bachelor In Paradise has been mired in controversy after production on the show was halted following concerns raised about the ability of one intoxicated contestant to consent. Warner Bros. investigated the situation and found no evidence of misconduct, but the victim's lawyers are asking to review footage of the incident themselves. Now, TMZ reports that producers of the program are changing the rules of the show to prevent further consent issues from occurring again.
Part of the new procedure is that contestants must give consent to a producer before engaging in sexual activity. Producers must approve the activity and can revoke their approval if they think the contestant is unable to properly consent. Producers have also given themselves the right to interrupt unauthorized sexual encounters, especially those that occur in the show's "Boom Boom Room" — a more secluded area of set meant to give participants a bit more privacy. Contestants will similarly have a 2 drink per hour maximum and have been asked to hand over all drugs — legal or otherwise.
Cast members were de-briefed on the new rules in a 2-hour meeting with lawyers before filming on the show resumed.
Warner Bros. has offered no official comment on whether the victim or the alleged assailant will be returning to the Bachelor franchise. Both have said they do not plan on participating in the show in the future.
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