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'Bachelor' Spinoff Embroiled In Consent Controversy

| by Michael Allen

"Bachelor in Paradise," a spin-off of the popular "Bachelor" reality TV series, has reportedly suspended production because of possible sexual misconduct involving alcohol.

Warner Bros., the studio that produces the series, issued a statement on the situation, notes People:

We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. 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.

Unidentified sources told TMZ that cast member Corinne Olympios was drunk during a day of filming, and was in a blackout state by the time she got into a swimming pool, while naked, with cast member DeMario Jackson.

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Some of the other cast members reportedly told the production crew that Olympios could not consent to sexual activity, but the crew failed to act.

However, sources from the production side told TMZ that cast members didn't tell the crew that Olympios was too drunk to consent to sexual contact.

People who have seen the video footage of the incident have reportedly said that Olympios appeared to be "fully engaged."

TMZ notes that Olympios doesn't blame Jackson because he was drunk as well, but that she does blame the show's producers and has hired lawyers.

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An unidentified source close to the show told People that the situation involves two cast members and a producer who allegedly witnessed the encounter:

It’s an incredibly difficult and complicated situation, primarily involving two contestants. 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.

There are still a lot of unanswered questions, and a lot of people who need a chance to tell their stories fully, and the producers and the authorities will make sure they are given every opportunity to do so. Most of all, everyone wants to ensure the safety and well-being, both mentally and physically, of all parties involved.

Unidentified sources told TMZ in another report that Olympios and Jackson were told by a producer that they would be hooking up during the series.

According to TMZ's sources, Olympios and Jackson drank together, began making out, went to the pool, removed their clothing, and began making out again with "rubbing, touching and fingering," but did not have sexual intercourse.

Olympios and Jackson were reportedly getting along well the following day until an executive producer told them that one of the producers was "uncomfortable" with the footage.

The producer filed a complaint with Warner Bros., which then launched its investigation of the incident and released Olympios and Jackson, notes TMZ; the entire cast was reportedly released two days later.

Olympios and Jackson have not released any statements or confirmed the reports by TMZ or People.

Sources: TMZ (2), People /  Photo credit: Piotr VaGla Waglowski, Vagla.pl/Wikimedia Commons

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