Bachelor In Paradise star Amanda Stanton has come clean about how the show’s new rules affected the contestants’, shall we say, “intimacy.” Long story short: not at all.
A TMZ reporter caught up with Amanda at LAX on Wednesday as she was returning home from Paradise production in Mexico. She told the reporter that all of the contestants gave consent for sex with each other, in light of the whole Corinne Olympios/DeMario Jackson sexual assault fiasco.
As you know, Bachelor In Paradise was at the center of a salacious scandal earlier this summer, after contestants Corinne Olympios (the Miami businesswoman who played the role of the villainess in the most recent season of The Bachelor) and former Bachelor contestant DeMario Jackson, had a few too many drinks. The two drunken contestants started kissing and getting handsy with each other and were just about to seal the deal, so to speak, when a producer intervened. He or she was concerned that a drunken Corinne couldn’t legally give consent to sex, and that DeMario, the producers, and who knows who else, would have been on the hook for sexual assault charges.
An investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing, and production was allowed to resume after two weeks. Corinne decided not to return, and even threatened legal action (she later backed down).
— Corinne olympios (@CorinneOly) May 31, 2017
After the break in production, contestants returned to Mexico with new rules hanging over their heads. For one thing, their luggage will be inspected, and any prescription medications will be handed over to a nurse to be dispensed. For another, they can only have two alcoholic drinks per hour – a rule Amanda says all of the contestants followed.
— Amanda Stanton (@amandastantonnn) May 28, 2017
The biggest change to BiP production, however, seems to be the cloud of doom hanging over the contestants when it comes to sex. For a show whose entire concept is that of quick hookups and between-the-sheets shenanigans, the new attitude is kind of a downer.
That’s not to say that producers shouldn’t keep an eye out for contestants not being sexually exploited — obviously the contestants’ safety and well-being should be the most important factor guiding the show. But how, specifically, do they give consent to sex? Does a couple stop what they’re doing, go to a producer, declare that they’re both giving consent, and sign a contract and have it notarized before sealing the deal?
Unfortunately, Amanda didn’t specify.
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