Earlier this month, reality series Bachelor In Paradise halted production mid-season after a sexual incident in which a participant may have been too intoxicated to consent. The victim, later identified as Corinne Olympios, came forward to tell her side of the horrific story. Warner Bros. pledged to investigate the situation internally and concluded that there was no misconduct, but now Olympios' lawyers are begging the studio to conduct their own examination of the events.
Just yesterday, the studio announced that footage had been reviewed and that “the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member," meaning that the show's production would continue, according to Entertainment Weekly. Here's the Warner Bros. statement, via People:
“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.”
ABC also confirmed the report with their own statement: “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.”
The show's longtime host also acknowledged the conclusion of the investigation:
Olympios' lawyers, however, object to these declarations.
“It needs to be made crystal clear that production of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down because of multiple complaints received from BIP producers and crew members on the set,” said attorney Martin Singer in a statement. “It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone. It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrong doing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard.”
It's unclear what legal action Olympios and her team plan on pursuing at the moment. It is also unclear if Olympios will rejoin the cast of the show.
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