Bachelor in Paradise was suspended after producers allegedly filmed DeMario Jackson in a sexual encounter with another contestant who may have been too drunk to consent.
According to multiple media reports, the trouble began when DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios began getting “hot and heavy” in the pool while cameras were rolling. That’s when a ‘third party’ felt uncomfortable, claiming “misconduct in the workplace.”
“We have suspended production and we are conducting a thorough investigation of these allegations,” Warner Bros. said in a statement Sunday. “Once the investigation is complete, we will take appropriate responsive action.”
“The show absolutely values the primacy of consent, and this instance it appears as though conduct allegedly occurred without the proper consent having been given,” a source within the show says.
Sources connected to DeMario Jackson told TMZ that “everything was fine” after the drunken sexual encounter and that Jackson and the woman continued to get along.
Here’s how everything went down when they started filming last Sunday according to TMZ sources.
“Corinne and DeMario met at the bar and the alcohol was flowing. DeMario says Corinne jumped in his lap and started making out with him. We’re told there was lots of “intense rubbing.”
He then says Corinne then suggested they retreat to the pool, with the cameras rolling. They took off their clothes, started making out and “rubbing, touching and fingering.” He says she put her genitals in his face and he began licking, but they were told this allegation is a big point of contention and others disagree with his account. He says he was not able to engage in intercourse because of the alcohol.
DeMario said the next day everything was ok and he and Corrine were actually getting along just fine, but two days later they were called in by the Executive Producer and told a producer had seen the film and was “uncomfortable” with what was shot.
The producer then filed a formal complaint with Warner Bros.
Another contestant from season 4 of Paradise spoke to PEOPLE about the incident.
“People are pissed, and not just at DeMario. We’re pissed that this whole thing happened,” the contestant says. “They could have seen that she was drinking too much and that he was taking advantage. They could have stopped this before it got this far. But they decided to let it go, and let it happen, and see what happened? So, I’m angry at the show, and everyone else is too.”
Another source tells ET Online what went down that day.
“DeMario was in the pool,” the source reportedly said. “Next thing you know, [the woman] comes over and hops on his lap. They start talking and joking.”