Warner Bros. says it has investigated claims of sexual misconduct on the set of reality TV show Bachelor in Paradise, and has found nothing inappropriate. Shooting will resume in Mexico.
Last week, claims were made against a contestant and the production crew for allowing sexual misconduct to continue while a fellow cast member was too intoxicated to consent. Many anonymous sources, some of whom were alleged producers and cast members on the show, came forward to describe what happened.
Bachelor in Paradise, which is a spin-off of The Bachelor and Bachelorette franchises, places former contestants in a tropical setting with a seemingly endless amount of booze. The cast is frequently encouraged to hook up romantically or form strategic alliances, with prodding from the production crew. In this case, the two cast members were allegedly encouraged to interact. But things crossed a line thanks to alcohol and a lack of concern from the producers, the complainants claimed.
Production was stopped and cast members were sent home with no news about when or whether the show would continue.
Now, however, after an investigation of the events of June 4, Warner Bros. has decided the show will go on:
As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously. The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. 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. Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise 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 two cast members involved in the investigation have not yet released statements regarding this news, and there’s no word on whether they will return to the production.
The issue raised concerns about the amount of autonomy these shows remove from individuals, and where the line of consent is drawn in an alcohol- and personality-driven TV series. For now, the series is set to air later this summer as originally intended.