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'Bachelor in Paradise' production suspended over alleged sexual misconduct, reports say

ABC has suspended production of "Bachelor in Paradise"

ABC has suspended production of "Bachelor in Paradise" following allegations of sexual misconduct reportedly involving contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson. Credit: ABC / Craig Sjodin

New details are emerging about what may have led to “Bachelor in Paradise” suspending production following allegations of misconduct at the Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, locale of the ABC reality show.

In a series of tweets, Los Angeles Times film writer Amy Kaufman said of the “Bachelor / Bachelorette” spinoff: “On the first day of production [June 4] contestants [DeMario] Jackson and Corinne [Olympios] got extremely drunk, per my source. Corinne came up to DeMario at the bar and kissed him. They proceeded to the pool, where they got naked. … They did not have sex. But it was very raunchy.

“The following day … a producer who witnessed this hook-up did not show up to work. According to my source, this producer went on to sue the production for misconduct over what she witnessed….”

“Entertainment Tonight” said that at issue was whether Olympios was too inebriated to have given consent. Reporting essentially the same sequence of events, “ET” said that according to its source, cameras were rolling, with multiple producers in attendance, and that one producer become uncomfortable over the alleged workplace misconduct.

The entertainment-news show went on to say that per its source, Jackson and Olympios appear to have remained on good terms, and have been in amicable contact. Neither they nor representatives for the show have commented on Twitter.

The show’s production company, Warner Bros., indefinitely suspended production this past Sunday, saying in a statement, “We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set” and promising an investigation and “appropriate responsive action.”

People magazine said an officer it spoke with in Mexico’s Sayulita police department was unaware of the alleged incident. A group of 10 cast members were photographed Sunday at an airport in Puerto Vallarta.

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