Production on the reality TV program Bachelor In Paradise has been halted after questions about sexual consent during interactions that went on during filming of the show were raised. According to People, DeMario Jackson was filmed in a sexual encounter with a female contestant who may have been too intoxicated to consent.
“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,” said a source reportedly involved with the show.
The source added that the contestants in question had been drinking all day and that other cast members were upset that crew members hadn't stepped in to prevent the incident.
“People are pissed, and not just at DeMario. We’re pissed that this whole thing happened,” said an unnamed contestant. “They 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.”
“DeMario was in the pool,” a source reportedly said to Entertainment Tonight. “Next thing you know, [the woman] comes over and hops on his lap. They start talking and joking.”
“There are no authorities involved, no law enforcement but the incident was flagged internally and they take these matter seriously, so they’re looking into it,” the source says. “But Bachelor in Paradise will not be resuming — this summer at least.”
Warner Bros. has not commented on the situation.
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