Corinne Olympios says she wants to move on from the “Bachelor in Paradise” scandal that prompted producers to suspend production of the show earlier this month.
Thus ends the latest Bachelor in Paradise scandal?
Reality contestant Corinne Olympios confirmed Thursday she’s dropping her investigation into events that took place on the tropical dating show on June 4.
A producer had filed a complaint with Warner Bros, which produces the show, alleging improper conduct on set while Olympios and DeMario Jackson were drinking and engaging in sexual activity. Filming was suspended and the cast was sent home.
In the days that followed, Olympios called herself a “victim” in a statement, and Jackson, who was originally on Rachel Lindsay’s latest season of The Bachelorette, defended himself against what he called “false claims and malicious allegations.” Both hired lawyers.
But last week Warner Bros. said its own investigation found no misconduct, and production on the fourth season of Paradise, which brings together former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants, would resume shortly in Mexico.
Now, Olympios says she’s satisfied with her team’s investigation, and confirmed she won’t return to the show, which will air later this summer. It’s unclear whether or how Jackson will reappear to address the controversy.
“My intent over the past few weeks has been to learn and understand what happened on June 4,” said Olympios, in a statement released by her spokesman, Stan Rosenfield. “While I never filed complaints or accusations against anyone associated with Bachelor in Paradise, my team and I felt it was very important to be thorough in getting to the bottom of what had occurred. I felt victimized by the fact that others were judging me through conflicting and unsubstantiated reports, while I myself had no recollection of the events that transpired.”
In the aftermath of the inquiry, TMZ reported contestants must now “go to a producer and state that they consent” before engaging in sexual activity. “If the producer feels either party is incapable of giving consent, the producer can pull the plug.”
Olympios said her team’s investigation “into this matter has now been completed to my satisfaction. I am also happy about the changes that have been made to the production of Bachelor In Paradise. While I am extremely grateful…