Bachelor in Paradise (US) shut down, may not resume.
Reports of sexual misconduct in Mexico shut down US production.
A scandal has broken out on the set of Bachelor in Paradise, a tropical-themed spin-off of The Bachelor.
The summer spin-off reunites former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants to see if they can find love at a resort in Sayulita, Mexico, and introduces new contestants each week.
But while cast were looking forward to three weeks of filming, they were put on lockdown just days after arriving.
“We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico,” Warner Bros. Studios said. “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.”
US media are speculating on sexual misconduct between contestants as being behind the shutdown.
TMZ reports contestant Corinne Olympios claims she was in a blackout state when she allegedly got sexual with leading man DeMario Jackson … and she blames producers for not pulling the plug and protecting her.
But sources tell TMZ she was allegedly drunk the entire day of filming when she ended up naked in the swimming pool with DeMario. Although DeMario remembers everything including oral sex, she says she remembers nothing. Olympios blames producers and has lawyered up.
Another source tells People at least two other contestants saw the event unfold, others did not — and weren’t entirely sure what happened.
“We were told to stay in a certain part of the [resort] while they figured out what the hell had happened,” the contestant says. “We knew something bad had happened; there was a dark energy that came around the house. You have to understand that we weren’t even there a week. The game hadn’t even really begun yet.
“They stopped taping anything, and we were just kind of there, waiting in limbo,” the contestant continues. “We couldn’t talk to each other about what we knew. On Thursday, one of the camera guys told me that they were probably going to shut down production. I didn’t realise that it was that serious until then. I was like, ‘Wait, they’re thinking of canceling the show?’ It hadn’t even crossed my mind that they’d do that.”
Bachelor in Paradise has screened in Australia on 9Life.
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