Bachelor in Paradise filming is now back up and running for Season 4 in the wake of Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson’s sex scandal. Reports are claiming that all the drama that went down between the two will be heavily featured on the show when it returns to screens.
Producers will allegedly be “tapping into” what happened between the two when the reality dating show returns to ABC later this year after conducting an investigation that concluded DeMario had done nothing wrong to the former Bachelor star.
That’s according to TMZ, as the outlet is claiming that producers are ready to start “selling” what went down between the two last month before production was shut down and contestants were sent home when Corinne alleged she had been sexually assaulted by DeMario while filming.
The site is alleging that cameras were definitely rolling when Corinne and DeMario were together in a pool, which is where Corinne claimed she was assaulted. Bachelor in Paradise host Chris Harrison and the contestants were also being filmed as he talked them through what happened when they returned to paradise.
“Harrison dramatically recounted how a producer expressed concerns and it turned into a full blown scandal,” the site reported of how the host filled in the other contestants about the scandal as cameras rolled for Season 4.
“After taking everyone through the investigation, he paused, then asked the cast if they were comfortable continuing, and gave them a chance to pack up and leave,” they added of the host, who also fronts The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.
The source noted that everyone who returned to the show decided to stay and suggested that the Corinne-DeMario scandal will likely have a significant role when the show returns to screens following the finale of The Bachelorette Season 13.
The latest claims come shortly after an insider alleged to Variety late last month that the new season will “definitely address” what happened, adding that they weren’t sure how “in-depth” things will get.
The suggestion that Bachelor in Paradise producers aren’t planning to sweep the sex scandal under the rug comes just days after DeMario claimed that he actually wants to get back in touch with Corinne after their drama.
The reality star, who was sent packing by current Bachelorette star Rachel Lindsay this season after she discovered he had a girlfriend, told TMZ last week that he’d actually like to make amends with Corinne despite everything that has happened between them.
Claiming that he’s “not petty” and is actually “very forgiving,” DeMario told paparazzi of connecting with his fellow reality star and talking about the drama, “we can talk on camera, off-line, whether it’s there or in the future, or ten years from now.”
“I would love to talk to her,” he continued, confirming that he will be attending the BIP tell-all later this year to share his side of the story. “I have nothing but love for her and her family… that’s it.”
DeMario was cleared of any wrongdoing last month, though it’s not thought that he or the Bachelor contestant returned to filming alongside their fellow contestants including Raven Gates, Amanda Stanton, and Robby Hayes.
Warner Bros. conducted a thorough investigation into the incident after Corinne alleged that she was sexually assaulted by her Bachelor in Paradise castmate and claimed that producers had failed to protect her.
However, per Us Weekly, the investigation found no evidence of misconduct.
What do you think of reports Bachelor in Paradise cameras were filming when the show’s contestants were told about Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson’s sex scandal as they returned to filming for Season 4?
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