The fate of the next season of Bachelor in Paradise has been on hold for the past week after the show's production company Warner Bros. suspended filming and investigated claims of sexual misconduct between two cast members on set in Mexico. Now, after reviewing videotape of the alleged incident, Warner Bros. has found that nothing improper occurred and the show can return to filming.
"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," said the statement, which was provided to E! News. "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."
Unspecified changes will be made as the cast is invited back to film. "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."
Contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson were at the center of the investigation of sexual misconduct. Corinne's first public statement included an admittance that she had "little memory" of the day. “As a woman, this is my worst nightmare and it has now become my reality," she said in a statement. "As I pursue the details and facts surrounding that night and the immediate days after, I have retained a group of professionals to ensure that what happened on June 4 comes to light and I can continue my life, including hiring an attorney to obtain justice and seeking therapy to begin dealing with the physical and emotional trauma stemming from that evening."
DeMario denied that their sexual encounter wasn't mutual. “It’s unfortunate that my character and family name has been assassinated this past week with false claims and malicious allegations,” he said in his own responding statement. “I will be taking swift and appropriate legal action until my name is cleared and, per the advice of legal counsel, will be seeking all available remedies entitled to me under the laws.”
No announcement has been made whether they'll return to the show.