“Bachelor in Paradise” production company Warner Bros. is recommencing work on the upcoming fourth season of the reality show, after finding no evidence of misconduct on the set.
“Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed,” the company said in a statement Tuesday. “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.”
Warner Bros. said production “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.” The company did not elaborate further.
A spokesman for ABC, on which the “Bachelor” / “Bachelorette” spinoff airs, said in a statement Tuesday, “We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of ‘Bachelor in Paradise.’ Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC.” The season premiere was originally scheduled for Aug. 8. The network did not say if that date had changed.
Warner Bros. had announced on June 11 that it was suspending production, saying “We have become aware of allegations of misconduct on the set,” promising an investigation and “appropriate responsive action.”
Los Angeles Times film writer Amy Kaufman, who spoke to sources on condition of anonymity, tweeted that contestants DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios had become inebriated and began to behave intimately, though not to the point of sex, while naked in a pool. Kaufman said, “The following day . . . a producer who witnessed this hookup did not show up to work. According to my source, this producer went on to sue the production for misconduct over what she witnessed . . . ”
Jackson and Olympios each later issued statements maintaining their innocence regarding any inappropriate activity.
Meanwhile, an attorney representing Olympios is saying further investigation of the reality show is needed, The Associated Press reports. Attorney Martin Singer said in a statement Tuesday that a review conducted by producer Warner Bros. is inadequate.
Singer called it unsurprising that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, found no misconduct or harm involving any cast member. The studio said it worked with an outside law firm. An independent investigation based on “multiple new witnesses coming” will be conducted, Singer said. It was producers and crew members, not his client, whose complaints about behavior on the set led to a halt in production, he said.